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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) 770 Tea House at Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 782 The Wistaria
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1012 Sumida River Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1013 Asakusa Temple
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1019 Intrance of Asakusa Park (Tokio)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1020 Entance Uyeno Park Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1021 [Two Sleeping Girls]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1024 Uyeno Park Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1025 Shinobadzu Pond, Uyeno
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1027 [Shinto Priest]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1031 Gate of Asakusa Temple Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1034 [Old man holding fan]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1035 Inside Asakusa Temple Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1042 Iris Garden Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1043 Iris Garden Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1050 Iris Garden
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1054 Daibutsu-Kamakura
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1058 4 Girls Taking Tea and Soba
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1500 [ploughing a rice field]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1501 [Group of Children]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 1503 Japanese Junk [has appeared as O 61]
ENAMI T. (Studio) A106 Hommoku at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) B43 Betto
ENAMI T. (Studio) B87 The Snowing
ENAMI T. (Studio) C59 Crucifixion & Gokumon
ENAMI T. (Studio) C94 The Weaver
ENAMI T. (Studio) C99 Fencing
ENAMI T. (Studio) H27 Bakan Harbour
ENAMI T. (Studio) H56 Tomo of Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) H57 Tomo of Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) H58 Island or Sensui-Jima at Tomo, Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) H59 Island or Sensui-Jima at Tomo, Bingo
ENAMI T. (Studio) I, 3. Japanese Pines (Of Nikko)
ENAMI T. (Studio) I, 4. Jinkyo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1 Yokohama Harbor
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 2 Grand Hotel Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 3 Benten Dori at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 5 Grand Hotel Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 6 Mississipi Bay Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 7 Main Street Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 8 Hon Mura-Dori, Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 10 101 Steps, Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 12 Bund Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 13 Tea House at Honmoku, Near Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 15 Honmura Temple Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 16 Mississipi Bay Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 18 Yokohama Railway Station
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 18 Bronze Images Asakusa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 19 Noge Hill Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 19 Asakusa Temple, Tokio
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