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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) 755 Ajikawa at Osaka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 756 Tennoji Temple at Osaka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 760 Playing Deers at Kasuga Temple Nara
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 761 Playing Deers at Kasuga Temple Nara
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 766 Bund of Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 771 Hiogo Hotel at Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 772 Tamon Street at Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 774 Metaki Waterfall at Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 778 Mayasan at Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 779 Arima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 855 Miidera Temple, Biwa Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 860 Gion Temple Gazte, Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 863 Haruna Lake
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 872 Kinkakuji at Kioto
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 879 Theater Steet at Osaka
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 953 Festival's Hiogo Daibutsu at Kobe
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1016 Rice Planting
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1023 View of Tomotsu
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1027 Miyajima at Aki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1033 Miyajima Temple at Inland Sea
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1037 Park at Miyajima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1042 Kintai Bridge at Iwakuni
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1047 Harbor at Moji
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1101 Papenberg at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1102 Papenberg at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1103 Papenberg at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1104 Arsenal Ground at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1105 Oura at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1110 Bund of Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1112 Harbor at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1113 Bund at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1115 View of Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1116 Harbor at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1123 Kiyomizu Temple at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1124 View of Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1126 Daitokuji Temple at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1128 Futamata River at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1129 Nakajima River at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1132 Suwa Temple at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1134 Bronze Horse Suwa Temple at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1137 Suwa Park at Nagasaki
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1142 Dock of Inasa
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1501 Dining Room
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1505 Ozashiki (Parlor)
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1507 Tea House Garden
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1510 Lantern Maker
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1511 Traveling Chair at Hakone
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1512 Porcelain Shop
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1513 Jinrikisha
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1514 Home's Bath
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