Shashin Hokoku, 45 issues
Published by Omiya Shashin Yohin Gaisha, 1930s
Important publication concerning the origin of Japanese 35 mm cameras and the founding of Canon Camera Corporation.
Shashin Hokoku was a small format monthly photo journal published by Omiya Shashin Yohin Gaisha (Omiya Camera and Accessory Shop Co., Ltd.) of Tokyo, which operated a chain of photographic retail stores in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Taipei, Taiwan, and Darien, Shanghai and Nanking, China. Omiya is best known as the first exclusive retailer for Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, the forerunner of Canon Camera and maker of Japan’s first 35 mm rangefinder camera the “Hansa Canon”. Omiya regularly touted the Hansa in this journal. Printed in rotogravure, Shashin Hokoku was launched in 1929 and in circulation until 1941 with over 170 issues published. It seems to have ceased publication at the start of World War II. It regularly featured contributing photographers from Japan and the Far East, as well as articles on photo technique, photo equipment and film, and darkroom printing. Each issue typically contained 18 to 20 pages. Every issue of Shashin Hokoku promoted the Canon Hansa camera, Japan's first 35 mm rangefinder camera within the magazine's photo gravure pages and text articles.
Size: 5 inches x 7 1/8 inches (122 mm x 182 mm).
Condition: Overall most issues are in very good condition with just a very few having minor cover stains.