Old Asia Photography

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) 365 Kasuga Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 366 Kasuga Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 367 Kasuga Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 371 Ishiyamatera
ENAMI T. (Studio) 373 Ishiyamatera
ENAMI T. (Studio) 374 Ishiyama at Biwa Lake
ENAMI T. (Studio) 375 Biwa Laek
ENAMI T. (Studio) 376 Kitano
ENAMI T. (Studio) 377 Kitano Tenjin
ENAMI T. (Studio) 378 Kitano Tenjin
ENAMI T. (Studio) 379 Nio in Daibutsiu Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 380 Kinkakuji
ENAMI T. (Studio) 381 Pine Tree at Kinkakuji Garden
ENAMI T. (Studio) 382 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 383 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 384 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 386 Imado, Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 388 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 389 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 390 Gojiyosaka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 393 Kiomitsu
ENAMI T. (Studio) 398 Sanjusangendo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 399 Nigatsudo Temple Nara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 400 Idols Sanjusangendo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 401 Inari
ENAMI T. (Studio) 404 Toy Shop at Inari
ENAMI T. (Studio) 405 Kamigamo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 406 Kurodani
ENAMI T. (Studio) 408 Kurodani
ENAMI T. (Studio) 410 Kamicamo
ENAMI T. (Studio) 411 Katsuragawa Rapid Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 412 Katsuragawa Rapid Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 415 Katsuragawa Rapid Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 417 Katsuragawa Rapid Kioto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 421 Biwa Laek
ENAMI T. (Studio) 423 Boat Play [original Uchida negative]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 425 Wisteria Flower, Kameido Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 436 Shiba
ENAMI T. (Studio) 438 Palace Garden, Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 440 Interior Shiba Temple Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 443 Shiba
ENAMI T. (Studio) 453 Shiba at Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 454A Panorama: Town of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 454B Panorama: Town of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 454C Panorama: Town of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 487 [Lotus Pond]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 500 Rice Plantation
ENAMI T. (Studio) 501 Rice Plantation
ENAMI T. (Studio) 503 Picking up Tea
ENAMI T. (Studio) 504 The Buddhist Funeral Procession
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