T. ENAMI - Transparencies
In modern-day photographic English, a "transparency" is basically any positive image on glass or film. But back in old Japan, commercial photographers used the word transparencies in their catalogs and advertisements to describe decorative photographic images on glass that were larger than lantern slides, and not meant for projection.

On the other hand, images on glass that were meant for projection were called slides, glass slides, or lantern slides.

Here is a circa 1908 page from Enami's STEREOVIEW CATALOG, where he illustrates the difference between the two formats :


In theory, commercial photographers always asked themselves, why only make photos that will wind up unseen or forgotten in old photo albums and boxes of stereoviews, or stashed away in old lantern-slide cases after being shown once or twice ?

The answer to the above was to (1) make un-bound, single framed prints for permanent display on walls, or (2) produce large transparencies for hanging in windows..or as panes in a lampshade !

No. (2) above is what this Flickr Set is all about.

Here are six examples of large, hand-tinted transparencies that Enami incorporated into lamp shades, table-lantern panels, and "stained glass" photos for decorative hanging in a chosen window of your home.

Most of these large "display transparencies" are actually enlargements made from one half of Enami's own stereoview negatives.

Most of the images seen in the panels were photographed ca.1898-907, with the panels themselves being produced from that time, and up until the Great Earthquake of 1923.

This will remain just a small set of six images to illustrate one of T. ENAMI's many forms of photographic output. I hope you like looking at them.

The next time you come across a box full of these at a local yard sale, now you will know what they are !

The MOTHER LODE of classic old T. ENAMI images of Japan may be seen here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

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