Nomura Seisakusho (野村製作所, meaning Nomura Works) was perhaps a Japanese camera maker in the early 1940s.
The full name "Nomura Seisakusho" is given in the Japanese official price list dated November 1941, about the Semi-Tex models and about a "Balnet", surely related to the Baby Balnet. Production of the Semi-Tex was started in 1937 by Kyokutō Kōki Seisakusho, and Nomura Seisakusho was perhaps a new name for that company.
The April 1943 government inquiry on Japanese camera production also mentions a "Nomura" (野村) company as the distributor of the Slick.
The lens name Nomular, found on the Baby Balnet and on a few Mihama Six and Frank Six, is perhaps related to Nomura (it would be pronounced the same in Japanese, except for the lengthened final vowel).
- ↑ "Kamera no kōtei kakaku kanpō happyō", November 1941, type 3, sections 3A, 4A, 6A, 7B.
- "Kamera no kōtei kakaku kanpō happyō" (カメラの公定価格官報発表, Official announcement of the set prices of the cameras), November 1941. Extract of a table listing Japanese camera production and setting the retail prices, reproduced in "Bebī Semi Fāsuto 'Kore ha bebī wo nanotta semi-ki da'" (ベビーセミファースト"これはベビーを名乗ったセミ機だ", Baby Semi First, 'this is a Semi camera called Baby'), an article by Furukawa Yasuo (古川保男) in Camera Collectors' News no. 277 (July 2000). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. P. 27.