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Tōyō Shōkai (東洋商会) was a Japanese company in 1940. Its address was Asakusa-ku Nagasumi-chō (浅草区永住町) 54 in Tokyo.[1] It sold the Mycro subminiature and the Light dual-format (4×6.5 and 3×4) camera.

Some sources say that the Larkflex TLR, dating 1953–4, was made by "Tōyō Kōki" (東洋光機) and distributed by Tōyō Shōkai (東洋商会).[2]

Notes Edit

  1. Advertisement dated November 1940, reproduced in Awano, p. 7 of Camera Collectors' News no. 274.
  2. See Kanno.

Bibliography Edit

  • 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. Item 290.
  • Awano Mikio (粟野幹男). "Maikuro kamera (senzenhen)" [マイクロカメラ(戦前編), Mycro cameras (prewar)]. In Camera Collectors' News no. 274 (April 2000). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp. 1–10.
  • Kanno Tsunetoshi (管野経敏). "A kara Z no kokusan niganrefu" (AからZの国産二眼レフ, Japanese TLRs from A to Z). In Miryoku saihakken: Nigan refu: Firumu kamera ha e no messēji (魅力再発見・二眼レフ:フィルムカメラ派へのメッセージ, Fascination rediscovery: TLRs: A message to film cameras). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppansha, 2006.

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