Yamamoto Shashinki Kōsakusho

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Yamamoto Shashinki Kōsakusho (山本写真機工作所) was a Japanese company based in Ogawa-chō, Tokyo before World War II.[1] It was already active in 1932, and made a spy camera taking 4.5×6cm plates perhaps called Egorette, certainly a copy of the Ergo. It later made a series of cameras called Kinka (written 錦華 and roughly meaning "imperial flower"), culminating with the Semi Kinka, which was also sold by distributors under other names.

See also Yamamoto Shashinki-ten, a distributor based in Osaka which is probably not related.

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Rollfilm cameras

3×4 telescopic

4.5×6 folder

Rebadged versions of the Semi Kinka were sold by Kuwata as the Semi Mulber and by Riken as the Adler B.

6×9 folder

Plate cameras

4.5×6 spy

6.5×9 folders

The Elliotte plate folders are attributed to Yamamoto by one source, but this is unconfirmed.[2]

Notes

  1. Its address in 1932 was Kanda-ku Ogawa-chō 2–14, Hijiribashi-dōri (神田区小川町2–14聖橋通). In 1936–7 it was Kanda-ku Ogawa-chō 2–14, Hijiribashi-dōri (神田区小川町2–14聖橋通). Source: advertisement in Asahi Camera June 1932, p.A39, and advertisements in Asahi Camera December 1936, p.A58, January 1937, p.A56, and April 1937 (that dated January 1937 is reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.67).
  2. Attribution in Lewis, p.47.

Bibliography

  • Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ). Advertisements by Yamamoto Shashinki Kōsakusho:
    • June 1932, p.A39;
    • December 1936, p.A58;
    • January 1937, p.A56;
    • April 1937, p.A65.
  • Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ) editorial staff. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi (昭和10–40年広告にみる国産カメラの歴史, Japanese camera history as seen in advertisements, 1935–1965). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1994. ISBN 4-02-330312-7.
  • Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), 0-935398-16-3 (hard). Pp.47–8 (brief mention of the Kinka and Eliott).
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