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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) 376 Piony Garden, Kanazawa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 452 Hachiman Temple at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 453 Hachiman Temple at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 454 Hachiman Temple, Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 456 Lotus Pond at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 458 Lotus Pond at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 459 Daibutsu at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 460 Daibutsu at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 465 Enoshime (A)
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 466 View of Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 468 Street of Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 469 Street of Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 470 Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 471 Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 473 Kabutoiw at Enoshima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 476 Kanazawa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 506 Hachiman Temple at Kamakura
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 512 Tea House Girls
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 518 Young Nurse
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 524 Oustom House Yokohama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 530 Kioto Girls
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 551 View fo Oyama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 554 Hot Spring Yumoto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 556 Hakone (Waterfall)
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 557 Tamadare Waterfall at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 558 Yumoto Road Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 559 Tonosawa at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 561 Tonosawa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 563 Tonosawa Tea House
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 564 Fujiya Hotel Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 569 Dogashima River
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 570 Cave of Dogashima Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 574 Sokokura at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 575 Ougoki (Hot Spring) at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 579 Stone Images at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 584 Hakone Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 585 Lake Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 586 Lake, Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 587 Fujiyama from Hakone Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 588 View of Hakone Lake - Fujiyama from Hakone Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 590 Laki at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 591 Hafuya Hotel at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 596 Miyanoshita Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 597 Fujiyama from Omiya
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 598 Fujiyama from Iizumi
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 600 Fuji from Ubago
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 601 Ishiyama at Biwa Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 601 Fujiyama from Kanbara
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 603 Fujiyama from Tea Garden
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 604 Fujiyama from Kawaibashi
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