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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) 129 Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 130 Yomeimon (Gate) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 133 Iyeyasu Karamon
ENAMI T. (Studio) 135 Iyeyasu Karamon
ENAMI T. (Studio) 136 Karamon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 137 Iyeyas(u) Ishidan Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 138 Iyeyasu (Tomb) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 139 Futaarasan Nikko (Temple)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 141 Nio In Niomon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 143 Nitenmon Gate Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 147 Interior Iyemitsu Temple Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 148 Futatsudo Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 151 Ganman Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 152 Gamman Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 156 Hodo (Waterfall)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 157 Jikan (Waterfall) Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 159 Waterfall Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 160 Ichinotaki Waterfall Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 160 Nikko Village
ENAMI T. (Studio) 161 Daiyagawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 163 Kirifuri Waterfall
ENAMI T. (Studio) 165 Chuzenji Lake Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 168 Yumoto Lake Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 169 Tamadaie Waterfall Yumoto
ENAMI T. (Studio) 170 Chuzenji Lake Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 172 Miyanoshita from Dogashima
ENAMI T. (Studio) 172 Cave at Yenoshima
ENAMI T. (Studio) 173 Cave at Yenoshima (inside Cave)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 175 Dogashima
ENAMI T. (Studio) 177 Miyagino
ENAMI T. (Studio) 178 Miyagino
ENAMI T. (Studio) 179A Kanazawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 179B Kanazawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 181 Kashiwabara
ENAMI T. (Studio) 182 Kanazawa
ENAMI T. (Studio) 183 Tomioka
ENAMI T. (Studio) 186 Yashamon Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 188 Iemitsu Temple Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 190 [Garden with a Tea House]
ENAMI T. (Studio) 191 Kasakamurij(i)zo Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 192 Kan Non at Nikko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 200 Takaboko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 201 Takaboko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 202 Takaboko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 203 Takaboko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 204 Nunobiki Kobe
ENAMI T. (Studio) 205 Takaboko
ENAMI T. (Studio) 206A Nagasaki Harbor (in 3 parts)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 207 Nagasaki (Harbor)
ENAMI T. (Studio) 208 Selling Japanese Shoes
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