TAMAMURA / TAKAGI / FUTABA GLASS SLIDES of JAPAN
These photographs on glass range from 90 to 100 years old, but many look like they could have been taken yesterday. The eye and heart of a good photographer is the same in any age.

All of the slides in this group are ca.1900-1910 hand-tinted Glass Lantern Slides sold by T. TAKAGI of KOBE, or his successor, FUTABA & CO.

♥ OLD FUTABA ANNOUNCEMENT from 1924 : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/13968507703/

Most of the photos can be attributed to KOZABURO TAMAMURA of Yokohama. whose name was originally on the labels before selling off his negative stock and Kobe branch studio to Takagi circa 1906.

Back in those days, photo copyrights only lasted 10 years, and photographer credits were soon gone with the wind.

Successors used the words "Published by", "Made by", or even just "by" to prefix the new publishers name on the re-published images.

This nebulous branding often leads to confusions as to who actually took the photos. However, in most cases, if you have a T. TAKAGI or a FUTABA & CO. lantern-slide, the real photographer of the image is probably K. TAMAMURA. taken during the late Meiji era.

For more details, see the caption of THIS PHOTO : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/2370695528/
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