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[ca. 1980], 1983 (Creation)
- Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.
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The company was founded as Asahi Kogaku Goshi Kaisha in November 1919 by Kumao Kajiwara, at a shop in the Toshima suburb of Tokyo, and began producing spectacle lenses (which it still manufactures). In 1938 it changed its name to Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. (Asahi Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha), and by this time it was also manufacturing camera/cine lenses.
In the lead-up to World War II, Asahi Optical devoted much of its time to fulfilling military contracts for optical instruments. At the end of the war, Asahi Optical was disbanded by the occupying powers, being allowed to re-form in 1948. The company resumed its pre-war activities, manufacturing binoculars and consumer camera lenses for Konishiroku and Chiyoda Kōgaku Seikō (later Konica and Minolta respectively).
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File contains instruction manuals for Pentax products, including the Asahi Pentax ME. Pentax Super Program, Pentax Espio 115m, and Asahi Pentax SMC lenses.
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Items in this file are from the Wilhelm E. Nassau/Wilfrid Laurier University donation, accession number 2011.018. Moved to the Photographic publications collection in 2013.
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- Brannigan, Jack (Subject)