I just did purchase a 1912 Ansco folding camera from evil-bay this evening. It's my early b-day present.
Earlier today (since I took a day off from work), I found this site :
which I'm going to TRY and make over my summer vacation. (Wouldn't THAT have made a GREAT paper for school - What I Did on My Summer Vacation!) Hubby is even going to help because I'm not allowed sharp objects (we've had some massive fiascos where a blade was embedded in the webbing between index finger and thumb, chipping the bone) unless it's a dremel. I'll order a double sided film plate and we'll build the body around that. More research is needed, though.
From what I've found online regarding the Ansco camera, the one I purchased was used to make postcard photos with roll film. I doubt if I can get any film large enough (experience talking - using 120 in my Brownie Box). I have a feeling I'll end up sticking a roll of 120 in this one and giving her a good test to see if the bellows are light tight. The description says the bellows are tight but I'll test it for myself.
Any suggestions on where to find a manual, though? (I like to read.) I've found ONE manual...but it has a lens that isn't a fixed focus.
Oh...ONE other question...How does one go about putting in the viewing screen in a film plate camera? (Making one, basically.) How does that work?