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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) 74 Honmoku
ENAMI T. (Studio) 75 Honmoku
ENAMI T. (Studio) 76 Mississippi Bay Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 77 Mississ(ipi) Bay Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 79a [Panorama of Yokohama]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 79B [Panorama of Yokohama]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 79C [Panorama of Yokohama]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 81 Uyeno Park Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 81 Hakone
ENAMI T. (Studio) 82 Lake Hakone
ENAMI T. (Studio) 82 Gongen Temple at Uyeno Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 83 Uyeno Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 84 Nogeyama at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 85 Nogeyama at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 86 Tea House Nogeyama at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 87 Wistaria of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 88 Wistaria of Tokio
ENAMI T. (Studio) 89 Customs House Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 90 Motomachi Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 91 Negishi at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 92 Mississbay Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 93 100 Steps Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 94 100 Steps Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 95 Grand Hotel Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 96 Grand Hotel Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 97 Bund Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 98 Crub Hotel Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 99 Yatozaka at Yokohama
ENAMI T. (Studio) 101 Imaichi Nikko Road
ENAMI T. (Studio) 101 Cryptomeria Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 102 Town of Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 104 Sacred Bridge Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 107 Manganji Garden Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 110 Gojiunoto Nikko.
ENAMI T. (Studio) 111 Sanjinko Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 113 Umaya (Stable) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 114 Ieyas Mizuya at Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 115 Ieyas Mizuya at Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 116 Yomeimon Gate Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 117 Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 118 Nawari Doro Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 119 Mushikuikane Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 120 Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 121 Yomeimon (Gate) of Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 123 Horimono at Yomeimon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 124 Horimono at Yomeimon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 125 Yadaijin in Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 126 Karamon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 127 Yomeimon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 128 Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
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