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Japanese Numbers List

​Souvenir Albums - Numbers List and Attribution Issues​

​Throughout the whole of the Meiji period and beyond, many studios in Japan issued souvenir albums of photographs. Unfortunately, many of these albums did not indicate the name of the studio. It was, therefore, difficult to attribute authorship of the images to either a particular studio or photographer. However, the vast majority of the photographs displayed descriptive captions and numbers on the face of the prints. A small percentage of the albums did indicate the studio - with a title page or the name and address wet-stamped onto the back of the front cover. Starting in the early 1980s, I began to record the captions and numbers of those photographs contained in albums whose studios were identified. I also started to document those albums which were not identified. In those days Japanese souvenir albums were relatively common. Within a few years, I was able to list photographs appearing in several hundreds of albums. Number patterns quickly emerged, and I was able to identify an increasing number of studios. I published the results in my 1996 book Early Japanese Images where some 1,200 photographs were matched with their studios. In 2006 I published an expanded list of 4,000 in Old Japanese Photographs: Collectors’ Data Guide. If you are interested in that list you can CLICK HERE to download the full PDF. These have been further supplemented below. However, many gaps remain and a few studios are yet to be identified. In producing the list below, I would like to encourage anyone with numbers which do not appear to send in a copy so that they may be added. This would help collectors, researchers and photo-historians.
Studio Number Description Comments
ENAMI T. (Studio) 284 Chioin
ENAMI T. (Studio) 285 Chiioin
ENAMI T. (Studio) 286 Kinkakuji
ENAMI T. (Studio) 287 Rokakudo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 289 Ani at Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 290 Gionmachi
ENAMI T. (Studio) 291 Nagoya [Castle]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 295 Maples Oji
ENAMI T. (Studio) 296 Maples Oji Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 297 Maples Oji Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 302 [3 children at foot of bridge]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 307 Fuji from Otometoge
ENAMI T. (Studio) 308 Fuji from Hakone Lake
ENAMI T. (Studio) 310 Fuji from Kashiwabara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 311 Fuji from Tagonoura
ENAMI T. (Studio) 312 Hot Spring at Tonosawa in Hakone
ENAMI T. (Studio) 313 Fuji from Yoshiwara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 314 Fuji from Yoshiwara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 315 Fuji from Yoshiwara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 316 Fuji from Iwabuchi
ENAMI T. (Studio) 318 Fuji from Iwabuchi
ENAMI T. (Studio) 319 Fuji from Fujikawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 321 Fuji from Omiya
ENAMI T. (Studio) 323 Fuji from Omiya
ENAMI T. (Studio) 324 Fuji Shira(i)to Waterfall
ENAMI T. (Studio) 325 Fujika Waterfall
ENAMI T. (Studio) 326 Fujikawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 328 Palace of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 331 Wistaria of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 337 Oriental Hotel Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 338 Bund Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 339 Nunobiki Waterfall Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 340 Nunobiki Water Fall Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 342 Kiyomori Tomb Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 343 Tennoji Temple Osaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 344 Amidaike Osaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 345 Amidaike Osaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 346 Sumiyoshi Osaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 348 Castle Osaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 349a Sarusawa Pond Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 349b Sarusawa Pond Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 354 Onomichi of Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 356 Tomo of Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 357 Tomo of Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 358 Shimonoseki
ENAMI T. (Studio) 359 Shimonoseki
ENAMI T. (Studio) 360 Kintaikiyo of Iwakuni
ENAMI T. (Studio) 362 Kasuga Temple Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 363 Kasuga Temple Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 364 Kasuga Temple Nara
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