T. Enami lantern slide collection, circa 1910s-1950s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Enami, T., 1859-1929
T. Enami lantern slide collection
circa 1910s-1950s (inclusive)
9 boxes of lantern slides
Collection Number
Lantern slides of Japan, Algeria, and the Sahara Desert produced primarily by T. Enami
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Enami Nobukuni (1859-1929) was a professional photographer in Yokohama, Kanagawa. Nobukuni apprenticed under Ogawa Isshin, one of Japan's pioneer photographers who helped introduce dry-plate technology to Japan. Enami had a studio on Benten-dori street in Yokohama from 1892-1929. The studio sold scenic views of Japan and portraits of Japanese to tourists, in the form of souvenir photo albums, stereographs, hand-colored lantern slides and prints. Enami also opened studios in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and his images were published and sold abroad, though often not attributed to him.

The name T. Enami is believed to be a trade name used by Nobukuni which also suited the studio after it was taken over by his son Tamotsu; though not a photographer himself, Tamotsu operated the studio until 1945, when the studio was destroyed by American bombings of Yokohama.

Enami has been underrated by photo historians; only recently is his importance as a photographer being realized.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Lantern slides produced by T. Enami studios. Most of the slides are of Japan, while some others are of Algeria and other locations in the Sahara Desert. Also included are other slides of Japan, which may also have been produced by Enami but include slides produced by Keystone View Company, Grace L. Nichols, and other studios. Most of the slides feature people (especially people at work), agriculture, temples, and general landscapes. Some of the slides are hand-colored.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description
1-3 T. Enami slides of Japan
3-9 Slides of Japan
9 T. Enami slides of Algeria and the Sahara Desert

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Enami, T., 1859-1929--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Algeria--Slides
  • Japan--Slides
  • Sahara--Slides
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Lantern slides

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Enami, T., 1859-1929--Photographs