Yamamoto Shashinki-ten

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G.K. Yamamoto Shashinki-ten (合名会社山本写真機店, meaning Yamamoto Camera Shop) was a Japanese distributor in the 1930s, based in Osaka, perhaps with a subsidiary in Tokyo.[1] It distributed a number of cameras and accessories called Weha, and was certainly the owner of the Weha brand.

See also Yamamoto Shashinki Kōsakusho, a camera maker based in Tokyo which is probably not related.

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Weha cameras and accessories

  • Weha plate folders (6.5×9 and 8×10.5)
  • Weha Idea (6.5×9 plate folder, a rebadged Idea by Rokuoh-sha)
  • Weha Six (6×6 folder made by Ehira)
  • Weha Chrome Six (6×6 rangefinder made by Ehira)
  • Weha accessory rangefinder, chrome, long base (made by Ehira, sold ¥15 in 1936)[2]
  • Weha accessory rangefinder, black, shorter base (marked WEHA at the top, sold in a case inscribed WEHA Range Finder)[3]
  • Weha enlarger and Weha Anastigmat 75/4.5, 50/4.5 and 105/4.5 enlarging lenses (1939–41)[4]

Other distributed cameras

Notes

  1. Its address from 1933 to 1941 was Ōsaka-shi Nishi-ku Awaza-nakadōri 1-chōme (大阪市西区阿波座中通一丁目). Source: advertisement in Ōsaka Shashin Shinbun April 1st, 1933, reproduced in Tanimura, p.97 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.12, and advertisements dated October 1937 to August 1941 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.59–60. An advertisement in Shashin Salon January 1934 gives the address as Kanda-ku Ogawamachi 2–14 (神田区小川町二ノ十四), in Tokyo.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Made by Ehira: Tanimura, p.33. Price: advertisement published in Sunday Mainichi (December 13, 1936), reproduced in the Gochamaze website.
  3. Observed in an online auction.
  4. Advertisement on p.12 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, December 15, 1939, reproduced on p.46 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku. Advertisements in Asahi Camera November 1940 and August 1941 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.60.
  5. Leaflet for the Dianette by Yamamoto Shashinki-ten.
  6. Awano, p.3 of Camera Collectors' News no.274. See also the advertisements reproduced on pp.5 and 7–8 of the same source, and in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.93.
  7. Advertisement on p.14 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin December 15, 1939, reproduced in Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku, p.48, and on p.7 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin February 15, 1944, reproduced on p.71 of the same.
  8. Advertisement dated March 1943 reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.59.

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