T. ENAMI -- NPG German Stereoviews

English Translation = The New Photographic Company

NPG was a Berlin, Germany stereoview publisher who initially issued 50 of T. Enami's views in consecutively numbered sets (and very rarely, some images without a position number). They can all be identified by the very small N.P.G. Logo mark down in the bottom left corner of the left hand photo.

The Japanese series began publication circa late 1906, as the series does not yet appear in their June 1906 catalog, yet late-dated 1906 views are now known. The views remained popular for many years.

The Japan series could be had in black & white or tinted versions issued as unmounted, one-piece prints made on double-weight paper. These are the views seen above, and were the best-selling versions. They could also be had on more expensive black card mounts with gold imprints.

Eventually, the JAPAN series proved popular enough that they added over fifty more stereoviews to the line --- unfortunately, all of them numbered from 51 and above are NOT by T. Enami.

Like all stereoviews everywhere, quality varies among the many versions. Most of the NPG views are very good. Others appear as grainy copy views. Hand-tinting runs from very nice to not so nice.

Some of the variants used by NPG. also are found in American-issued Griffith & Griffith sets. As a mater of fact, Griffith & Grifith --- who had already been selling 100s of T. ENAMI stereoviews since 1900 --- enlisted NPG to be their "Central European Agent".

The T. ENAMI world wide web of 3-D JAPAN mania seemed to be unstoppable.

Later, the Hamburg, Germany 3-D publisher UNIVERSAL STEREOSCOP COMP acquired the NPG line, and continued to print up-graded versions of all the T. ENAMI stereoviews (mounted on nice card stock and finely colored) right into the Taisho era.

Needless to say, when push came to shove during the years building up to WW2, Germany continued on in it's friendship with Japan, while most other nations soured in their similar love-affair.

However, no one ever blamed the Maiko or Geisha for any of the unfortunate turn of events that drew the nation of Japan into the darkness of those times.
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