Ginrei

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Ginrei was a Japanese camera maker active from the 1930s to the 1950s, based in Azumabashi (吾妻橋), Tokyo.

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History

In 1934, the full name of the company was Ginrei Shashin Kōgyō-sho (銀鈴写真工業所).[1] In 1936, it was also using the name G.R.C. Gōmei-gaisha (G.R.C.合名会社),[2] and it was making the Vester Klapp (a copy of the 6.5×9 Ernemann Klapp) and the Seves 4.5×6 folder. The company was making its own Vester shutters and Vengor or Venner lenses. It used the brand name "Vester" for various products, and also made the Clover-Six and Semi Clover distributed by Hagi Kōgyō Bōeki.[3] The company name appears as GRC Co on early shutter markings, up to the late 1930s, and as GINREI KOHKI associated with a round GRC logo on later markings. In 1943–4, the full name of the company was Ginrei Kōki Gōshi-gaisha (銀鈴光機㈾).[4]

The company survived the war, and was still active in the early 1950s as Ginrei Kōki, at the same address.[5] It used the English names GINREI. CO. or GINREI OPTICAL CO. on camera markings, and was still using the acronym G.R.C. It made the Vesta "Hit-type" 17.5mm camera soon after the war, then the Vesterflex 6×6 pseudo TLR in 1953. These cameras met limited success, and the company was mostly famous at the time for its Vester Box processing tank. All trace of the company is lost after 1954.

Camera list

Plate film

120 film

The Topflex and Honestflex name variants of the Vesterflex were certainly made by Ginrei too.

17.5mm film

Other

  • Vester Box film processing tank, available for 120 film or for 35mm film, and adapter for 127 film (1944)[6]
  • Vestal tripods[7]
  • Vester Meter exposure chart[8]

Notes

  1. Advertisement on p.10 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, May 10, 1934, reproduced on p.12 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku. The exact address was Honjo-ku Azumabashi 2 (本所区吾妻橋二丁目) in Tokyo.
  2. Ginrei Shashin Kōgyō-sho: see the advertisement for the Vester Klapp dated May 1936 reproduced in Nostalgic Camera, a page by Toshio Inamura. G.R.C. Gōmei-gaisha: advertisements dated January, July and November 1936 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.77 and 92.
  3. "Manufacturer of Clover cameras" (クロバーカメラ製造元): advertisement on p.12 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, February 15, 1944, reproduced on p.76 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku.
  4. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), and advertisement on p.12 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, February 15, 1944, reproduced on p.76 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku. The address was the same Honjo-ku Azumabashi (本所区吾妻橋) 2–3.
  5. Column in Asahi Camera January 1954. The exact address was now Sumida-ku Azumabashi (墨田区吾妻橋) 2–3, after another reorganization of the postal system.
  6. Advertisement on p.12 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, February 15, 1944, reproduced on p.76 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku.
  7. Advertisement on p.10 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, May 10, 1934, reproduced on p.12 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku.
  8. Advertisement on p.26 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, December 15, 1939, reproduced on p.60 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku.

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