Nomura

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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.[1] 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).

Notes

  1. "Kamera no kōtei kakaku kanpō happyō", November 1941, type 3, sections 3A, 4A, 6A, 7B.

Bibliography

  • "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.
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