General Aniline & Film Corporation (GAF)

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General Aniline & Film Corporation (GAF)

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  • Ansco

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Dates of existence

[between 1842 and ca.1980]

History

General Aniline & Film Corporation (GAF) was originally named Ansco and founded by brothers Edward and Anthony Scoville in 1842. Ansco pre-dated Kodak in the photography business. Anthony Scoville purchased the Goodwin Camera & Film Company giving him the rights to Hannibal Goodwin's invention the flexible photographic film. George Eastman would copy the patented process which would nearly drive Ansco out of business. It was not until 1905 when a settlement between the two companies saved Ansco from bankruptcy. Following 1928 AFGA would merge with ANSCO allowing the company to compete worldwide. Around ca. 1960 the company would be renamed GAF running until their dismantlment in ca.1980.

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Binghamton, New York

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Related entity

Sawyer's Inc. ([between ca.1919 and 1966])

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hierarchical

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Sawyer's Inc. is owned by General Aniline & Film Corporation (GAF)

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Agfa Ansco Co.

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hierarchical

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Agfa Ansco Co. controls General Aniline & Film Corporation (GAF)

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