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
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
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 20 Portal of Noge Hill Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 21 General View of Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 23 Theater Street Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 25 Harbor from Camp Hill Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 27 Foreign Cemetary
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 28 Bluff Garden Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 29 Tomioka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 32 No 9 Kanagawa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 35 Doctor Taking Pulse
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 36 Peony Gard(en) at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 39 Honmoku at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 41 Honmoku Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 42 Cherry Blossoms Noge Hill at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 45 Honcho Dori Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 46 Theater Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 50 Wisteria Flower Kameido Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 51 Pire at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 52 Station at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 56 Cherr Blossoms at Park Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 57 Cherry Blossoms Noge Hill at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 60 Wisteria Flower Kameido
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 60 No 9 Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 62 Cherry Blossoms Noge Hill at Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 81 Temple Gate Shiba Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 87 Stone Lanterns Shiba, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 89 Temple Gae Shiba Tokyo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 90 Temple Gate Shiba
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 91 Shiba Temple Tokyo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 94 Inside Temple Shiba, Tokyo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) D9 Fuji from Iwabuchi
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 101 Inside Temple at Ikegami Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 102 Inside Temple at Ikegami Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 103 City of Tokio from Atago
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 105 Imperial Hotel Tokio
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