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Japanese External Reverse Porro Prism Binoculars. VIRTUAL MUSEUM

Der unterhaltsame fernglas Markenname.

Amusant miniature jumelles marques.

Развлечения с миниатюрных бинокли имен.

Diversión con binoculares en miniatura nombres

MARK OHNO

Miniature Binocular Iconography. Fernglas  Bildniskunde. Jumelles Iconographie. Бинокли Петербург. 双眼鏡 ブランド。 関連付けられているイメージ。 Iconografía Prismáticos.  Iconografia dei Binocoli in Miniatura.

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Anatomy of a Binocular Error. Ein Fernglas Erroe. Anatomie d'une Faute de Manufacture. Интересные бинокли  производства ошибка. 双眼鏡 の上のマーキングエ ラー . Un Error de Producción Prismáticos. Un Errore Nella Produzione di Binocoli.

Another production error . Perl 10x20 binoculars in a correctly sized Perl marked box, but which was incorrectly marked for as 6x15 when it should have been marked 10x20. Perl 6x15 binoculars would have had been packed in a much smaller box.

The 10x20 binoculars in incorrectly marked black box, compared to smaller Perl 8x20 binoculars in their smaller blue box, compared to a typical smaller 6x15 binoculars box in red.

“Antares” Binoculars sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1965. Miniatur-Fernglas in den US-Jungferninseln  in 1965 Erworben. Jumelles Miniatures Achetés dans les îles Vierges Américaines en 1965. Миниатюрные бинокли приобретен в США Виргинских островах в 1965 году. Miniatyr Kikare köpt i USA Jungfruöarna 1965. Prismáticos Miniatura Comprados en las Islas Vírgenes de Estados Unidos en 1965. Binocolo in Miniatura Venduto Nelle Isole Vergini di nel 1965.

While binoculars of this type seldom have documentation, the sales receipt with these particular 6x15 Antares binoculars show that they were purchased with cash from the camera store Steel’s Photo Supplies in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean January 15, 1965, by a clerk with the initials B.R. for $15.75, presumably to enhance someone’s warm winter vacation holiday. The binoculars themselves were made by Meiji Seiko Kogaku.

This ancestor Makonde Lipiko carved wood helmet liked to use his miniature binoculars to spot candidates for the initiation ceremonies in Tanzania/ Mozambique. Since the wearer normally looked out the mouth... This is a rare example of looking through binoculars with your mouth!

                                     Collection Mark Ohno

MINIATUUR JAPANSE VERREKIJKERS

MINIATUROWE LORNETKI

PIENOISKOOSKA JAPANILAINEN KIIKARIT

μικροσκοπικά κιάλια

ミニチュア双眼鏡

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مناظير مصغرة اليابانيةچھوٹے جاپانی دوربین

BINÓCULOS JAPONÊS EM MINIATURA

DÛRBÎN JAPANESE XWEBIXWE

دوربین دوچشمی ژاپنی مینیاتوری

MINIATUUR JAPANESE BINOCULAERS

MINIJATURNI JAPANSKI DALEKOZOR

MINIATURNÍ JAPONSKÉ DALEKOHLEDY

MALIIT NA LARAWAN JAPANESE LARGABISTA

MINIATYURA YAPONIYA DURBIN

BINOCOLO GIAPPONESE IN MINIATURA

TEROPONG KECIL JEPUN

TYHULASI AMANCINANE JAPANESE

ỐNG NH Ò M MINIATURE NH Â T BảN

సూక్ష్మ జపనీస్ దూరదర్శిని

மினியேச்சர் ஜப்பனீஸ் தொலைநோக்கியின்

KEKERAN  JEPANG MINIATUR

کوچني د جاپان د فير

CASRIGA GHADAFI JAPANESE

MINIJATURNI JAPANSKI DALEKOZORI

MINYATI LONGVI JAPON È

L Í TIL JAPANSKA SJ Ó NAUKI

MINIAT Ü R T Á VCS Ö

DADA JAPAN BINOPKULARI

MINIATURE JAPANESE MAKA ANYA ABUO

KAKANG'ONO ZOYANG'ANIRA JAPANESE

CONTACT US WITH INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:  miniature.binoculars@gmail.com

CONTACT US WITH INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:  miniature.binoculars@gmail.com

Miniature binoculars may be an acquired taste. But they say once you taste the flavor you’ll have to have more….

1740 dated medical bloodletting fleam made by Swain of London and marked as property of Peter Moor, believed the same barber surgeon who served with British military forces in India in the early 1700’s. It is the same type of human bloodletting fleam used to drain George Washington of 40% of his blood in four bloodlettings when he fell ill in 1799 in the attempts by his doctors to rebalance his four humours (blood, phlegm, yellow bile & black bile) together with forced vomiting, an enema, and skin blistering (vesiculation) of his throat, legs and feet, also to draw out humours and heal him. Despite these “healing” efforts by his three doctors he died. (collection of Mark Ohno)

Anatomy of a Binocular Error. Ein Fernglas Erroe. Anatomie d'une Faute de Manufacture. Интересные бинокли производства ошибка. 双眼鏡 の上のマーキングエ ラー . 大問題. Anatomi af en Fabrikationsfeji På Kikkert.Un Error de Producción Prismáticos.

As David Bushnell indicated when interviewed, when he marked his binoculars “triple tested” he meant the manufacturer might inspect them, and his company Bushnell usually looked at a few when a shipment arrived, and the end user looked at them after they bought them. Given such a rigorous regimen of painstaking scrutiny it is easier to understand how a batch could get sold with the brand name spelled wrong. Or maybe somebody noticed and figured it wasn’t so important and the next batch could be spelled correctly.

Bushnell 6x25 CF binoculars made by AOCo (Asahi Optical Co.) with the BUSHNELL brand name incorrectly spelled as “ BUSHNEL ”. One of the useful phrases I learned in a number of business trips to Japan that would always get a startled laugh (as long as it was clearly false) was dai mondai  大問題 ( big problem). Probably no laughing over this, though, as it must have entailed some form of loss of face to have shipped goods with the customer’s name wrong, regardless of how that particular faux pas happened.

Made under contract for the US importer Bushnell (misspelled as Bushnel), with AOCo (Asahi Optical Co as exporter) JB6 marked so the assembling manufacturer by code also was Asahi Kogaku Kogo Co. Ltd (Asahi Optical Co), and JE49 marked so the frame and or metal parts were made by Sankyo Kogaku Kogyo Co Ltd.

Same power (12x). Different size. Different purpose. The smaller 12x20 Japanese Mercury binoculars on top were made for consumers to look at birds, pretty girls on the beach, sports heroes, and other unapproachable objects. The 12x60 German binoculars (probably BLC/WWII war code for Carl Zeiss but the data plate is missing) on the bottom were attached to a 4 meter flak range finder so that the timed fuses of the anti aircraft artillery could be set to explode at the right height to blow up or damage high flying bomber aircraft.

INSATIABLE HUNGER FOR MINIATURE BINOCULARS

PHOTO THANKS: PIXABAY

THANKS to Peter Owen from Bristol in the = UK for helping acquire these Parrot binoculars.

The sales receipt with these particular 7x25 Zenith binoculars show that they were purchased from the Fook Hing Trading Co in Singapore on 9/27/1966 for 45 Singapore dollars, and their description is “one Strong Binocular”. Fook Hing’s primary business was apparently watches. They were subsequently taken to the UK.

“Zenith” Miniature Binoculars sold in Singapore in 1966 Zenith Miniaturfernglas Verkauft in Singapur im Jahr 1966. Zenith Jumelles Miniatures vendues à Singapour en 1966. Миниатюрные бинокли Zenith, проданные в Сингапуре в 1966 году. Zenith ミニチュア双眼鏡 1966 にシンガポールで販売 . Zenith Miniatyrkikare Säljs i Singapore 1966. Prismáticos en Miniatura xxx Vendidos en Singapur en 1966.

“Prinz” Miniature Binoculars sold by “Dixons Photographic Ltd.” in the UK in 1967 . Prinz Miniatur Fernglas von Dixons Photographic Ltd in Großbritannien im Jahr 1967 verkauft. Prinz Jumelles miniatures vendues au Dixons Photographic Ltd  au Royaume-Uni en 1967. Prinz Миниатюрный бинокль, продаваемый Dixons Photographic Ltd в Великобритании в 1967 году. Prinz 1967 に英国で Dixons Photographic Ltd によって販売されたミニチュア双眼鏡。 Prinz Miniatyrkikare säljs av Dixons Photographic Ltd i Storbritannien 1967. Prinz Prismáticos miniatura vendidos por Dixons Photographic Ltd en el Reino Unido en 1967. Prinz binocolo in miniatura venduto da Dixons Photographic Ltd nel Regno Unito nel 1967.

Prinz was a brand of Dixons Photographic Ltd, UK trademark # 921334 with prior use. 

This set of Prinz binoculars, complete with their original receipt and warrantee hang tag, are a great example of a photographic store chain in the UK (Dixons Photographic Ltd, predecessor of Dixons Retail PLCand DSC Int Ltd) establishing a well recognized binoculars “house” brand (Prinz). The chain operated in the UK, northern Europe, and Greece under several names and was one of the largest consumer electronics retailers in Europe.