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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) 604 Yojiyo Bridge at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 605 Fujiyama From Iwabuchi
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 606 Shiraito Waterfall at Fujiyama
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 607 Shiraito Waterfall Fujikawa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 609 Fujikawa (Bridge)
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 613 Shimogamo
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 620 Honganji Gate, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 627 Hiun-Kaku, Honganji Garden, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 631 Kurodani Graves at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 632 [Kurodani Kioto]
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 633 Kurodani Graves at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 634 Bronze Image Kurodani Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 636 Arashiyama, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 648 Chioin Grate at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 651 Shizuoka Street
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 658 Great Gate Kiyomidzu Temple at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 659 Kiyomidzu Temple at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 669 View of Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 677 Kioto Girls
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 692 The (Miyako-Odori) Dancing in Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 693 The Photo Shows Their Charming Figures
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 694 Every Year; The Dancers and Musicians Are
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 702 Maruyama, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 703 Maruyama at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 705 Pagoda of Kiyomidzu at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 707 Cherry Tree Maruyama at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 708 Castle of Osaka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 708 Chioin Grate Gate at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 709 Interior Chioin Temple Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 710 Kitano Temple, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 714 Kiyomidzu at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 716 Kiyomidzu at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 717 Bamboo Grove, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 718 Yasaka Pagoda at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 720 Sanjiu Sangendo Temple at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 721 Buddhist of Inside Temple Sanjiu Sangendo At Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 722 Rokkakudo, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 725 Kurodani Graves at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 726 Buddhist of Kurodani Temple at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 730 Gion Street, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 731 Yojiyo Bridge at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 733 Rokkakudo Temple at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 735 Honganji Gate at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 737 Kioto Hotel at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 740 Kinkakuj at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 741 Junk Pine Tree of Kinkakuji at Kiyoto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 742 Arashiyama Rapids at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 744 View of Rapid from Tamba to Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 752 Castle at Osaka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 754 Theater Street Osaka
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