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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
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 106 Nijiu Hashi Mikado Palace Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 107 Iris Flowers Horikiri, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 108 Bronze Images, Asakusa, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 109 Pagoda at Uyeno Tokio - Asakusa Temple Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 112 View of Asakusa Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 113 View of Asakusa, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 114 Toshiyogu Temple Uyeno Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 115 Norimono
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 115 Iris Flowers Horikiri Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 116 Iris Flowers Horikiri Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 117 Iris Flowers Horikiri Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 118 Iris Flowers Horikiri Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 123 Ogiya at Oji Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 124 Ogiya at Oji Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 125 Garden at Osi Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 126 Castle Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 127 Tea Drinking
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 128 Parliament Sakurada Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 129 Mikado Palace, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 132 Cherry Brossom Uyeno Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 139 Suribachiyama Uyeno Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 142 House Boat Sumid River, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 147 Wisteria Flower Kaeido Tokyo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 151 Cherry Blossom Mukojima Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 157 Prince Hotsuta Garden, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 158 Wisteria Flowers Kameido, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 161 Prince Hotsuta Garde Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 164 Tokio (Shitamachi-Asakusa)
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 165 Lotus Pond Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 167 Emperor Hotel, Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 168 Maples at Oji Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 169 Atago Yama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 170 Yasukuni Temple Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 171 Asakusa at Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 173 Kanda Miojin
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 186 Sakurada Tokio
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 206 Bronze Tomb Iyeyasu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 208 Ishizawa Okunoin Toshogu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 219 Sorinto at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 251 Imaichi Avenue at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 254 Road at Ashio, Town at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 255 Daija River, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 256 Sacred Bridge, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 257 Scred Bridge at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 259 Nikko Garden
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 264 Sacred Bridge Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 265 Shinto Temple, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 266 Stone Portal at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 267 Pagoda Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 268 Interior of Pagoda Nikko
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