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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) 269 Iyeyasu Gate to Temple at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 270 Carving Monkeys at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 271 Road of Toshoin, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 273 Road of Toshogu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 274 Iyeyasu Temple Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 276 Korean Broze Bell at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 277 Road of Toshogu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 278 Toshogu Ichinomon, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 279 Carving Wall at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 282 Rinnoji Garden Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 283 Rinnoji Sorinto Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 283 Iyeyasu Templ Gate Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 284 Yomeimon Great Gate, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 285 Great Gate (Yomeimon) at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 286 Great Gate (Yomeimon) at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 287 Great Gate (Yomeimon) at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 288 Resure Were House Toshogu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 289 Aramon Temple at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 290 Iyeyasu Temple at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 293 Inside Iyeyasu Temple Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 294 Carving Cat at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 297 Iyeyasu Tomb at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 299 Futaara Temple at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 301 Toshogu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 301 Double Temples Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 302 Niomon Iyemitsu Temple at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 305 Yashamon Gate Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 306 Shizaka Okunoin Toshogu Nokko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 309 Thunder Devil, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 310 Grave of Iyeyasu Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 312 Inside Iyemitsu Temple, Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 319 100 Stone Imagis Ganman
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 320 100 Stone Image Ganman
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 321 Chiuzenji Lake at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 322 Ganman Daiva River Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 323 Chiuzenji Road at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 325 Dainichi-Do at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 328 Urami Waterfall at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 332 Jinkan Waterfall at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 336 Tea House at Chuzenji at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 340 Daiya River at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 341 Daiya River Chiuzenji Road at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 342 Kegon Waterfall Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 346 Chuzenji Lake at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 347 Chuzenji Lake at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 348 Nantaizan Chiuzenji Lake at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 352 Yumoto Lake at Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 373 Chiuzenji Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 374 Chiuzenji Nikko
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 376 Lake Chuzenji Nikko
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