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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) 1624 Miko or Performer in a Dancing at Nara
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1626 Temple Dancing at Nara
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1627 Washing Her Hand
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1628 Tea Gathering
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1629 Country Children
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1631 Jinrikisha
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1633 Carrying Children
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1634 Girls in Snow Costume
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1637 Pack Horse on The Country
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1637 Stripping off Grains
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1641 Girls Back Style
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1642 Dancing and Playing Music
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1645 Playing Childs
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1649 Girls Playing Samisen and Fuye
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1650 Girls at Home
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1653 Toilet
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1660 Girl Holding Umbrella
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1665 Walking Garden
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1668 Pack Horse on the Country
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1672 Dancing Party
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1675 Agrobatic Performers
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1682 Reading Letter
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1683 Shells Work Selling Store
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1684 Street Singer
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1700 Inos
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1701 Silk Butterfly
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1705 Feeding Silk Worms
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1707 Taking Threac from Cocoon
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1720 Porcelain Store
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1728 Second Hand Furniture
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1733 Funeral
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1739 Fishs Seller
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1741 Basket Shop
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1778 Wrestling
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1857 Dressing
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) 1951 Wash Woman
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) A711 Nagoya Castle
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) A718 Karahashi Bridge Seta
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B64 Codaigo Matsushima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B65 Codaido Matsushima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B66 Codaigo Matsushima
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B67 Matsushima Inland Sea
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B69 Matsushima Inland Sea
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B70 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B71 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B72 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B74 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B75 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B78 Matsushima Inland
ESAKI Reiji (Studio) B79 Matsushima Inland
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