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Japanese External Reverse Porro Prism Binoculars. VIRTUAL MUSEUM

Mark Ohno

Research Materials. Forschungsmaterialien. Matériel de Recherche. Научные материалы. 研究材料 . Forskningsmaterial. Onderzoeksmateriale. Materiales de Investigación. Materiali di Ricerca.

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In the process of conducting research on miniature binoculars, their design, their manufacturers, and their distribution channels, our on line museum collection purchased a good number of examples of vintage distributor catalogs that contain miniature and other binoculars, and posted excerpts relevant to miniature binoculars on the pages entitled “VINTAGE ADVERTISING”. These catalogs are really quite difficult to find and to obtain, so it seemed a shame not to share them in expanded form as a research resource, particularly since the whole premise of an on line museum is to maximize accessibility to information. And I know all too well how difficult researching binoculars normally is. So I am presenting those catalogs that we have and I am acquiring more to scan as a public research source, covering pre 1980s binoculars of all types, and including monoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes, and rifle scopes when they happen to be in the catalogs. If any viewers have 1950’s or 1960’s binoculars catalogs to donate, loan, or sell to enhance this effort, please contact me at miniature.binoculars@gmail.com            Mark

SPECIAL NOTE. The following listings are of vintage obsolete optical goods from around 40 to 70 years ago, and are presented by optics enthusiasts for optics enthusiasts and for the sole purpose of educational research . There is absolutely no commercial or profit generating activity associated with this effort nor is there any claim of right to the materials. There may be entities having rights or successor or residual rights to some portion of these materials. We will always be willing to post acknowledgement of reserved rights of ownership, or list credit or consideration, or submit for approved usage, and will comply with ownership take down requests. CONTACT: miniature.binoculars@gmail.com.

Scanned Vintage and Obsolete Optical Catalogs. Gescannte Vintage und Veraltete Optische Kataloge. Scannés Vintage et Obsolčtes Catalogues Optiques. Отсканированные винтажные и устаревшие оптические каталоги. スキャンされたヴィンテージと廃止された光学カタログ . Skannade Vintage och Obsolete Optiska Kataloger. Gescande Vintage en Verouderde optische catalogi. Catálogos ópticos Escaneados y Obsoletos Escaneados. Cataloghi Ottici Vintage e Obsoleti Scansionati.

1962 Colonial Optical Catalogue ( USA )

Complete catalogue; 18 scans/ 18 pages

Brand(s): Mayflower, Colonial

Contents shown: binoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes, opera glasses, monoculars, magnifiers, microscopes, barometers

Extras: 1961 distributor price list

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1962COLONIALCATALOGUE.PDF

1956 Cadillac Optical Catalogue ( USA )

Complete catalog: 10 scans/ 20 pages

Brand(s): Cadillac .

Contents shown: binoculars.

Extras: 1955 price list, addendum,

  cover letter.

(1950’s) Matsushima Dept Store Catalogue ( Japan )

Partial catalog: 6 scans/ 12 pages

Brand(s): Nippon Kogaku, Kowa Koki,Tokyo Kogaku, Ofuna Kogaku, Okaya Kogaku, Lupinus, Asahi Kogaku, Meiji Seiko, Mina, Fuji Photo Film Co., Goto Kogaku, Olympus

Contents shown: binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, rifle scopes, microscopes, surveying instruments

Extras: retail export tax free prices

1959 J. A. Davis & Son Ltd. Catalogue ( UK )

Complete catalogue: 15 scans/ 15 pages

Brand(s): Mirakel, Hensoldt, Zeiss, Hartmann, Colmont, Siebert, Bausch & Lomb

Contents shown: binoculars,

telescopes.

1953 Lee-Robert Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 2 scans/ 2 pages

Brand(s): Swift, Jason .

Contents shown: binoculars

(1950’s ?) Charles Frank Catalogue ( Wales )

Complete catalogue: 47 scans/ 47 pages

Brand(s): Frank-Nipole, Swift, Ross, Barr & Stroud, Taylor Hobson, Zeiss, Wollensak, Leitz

Contents shown: binoculars,

  telescopes.

1966 A. Jaegers Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 8 scans 16 pages

Brand(s): Unknown

Contents shown: binoculars,

monoculars, microscopes, telescopes, periscopes, spotting scopes, microscopes.

1950 Galef Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalogue: 3 scans/ 3 pages

Brand(s): Monte Carlo

Contents shown: binoculars, telescopes.

1970 Ashreh Distributor Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 2 scans/ 2 pages

Brand(s): Ashreh, Telesar, Carl Zeiss

Contents shown: binoculars,

monoculars, opera glasses.

1963 Kleins Sporting Goods Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 3 scans/ 3 pages

Brand(s): Tasco, Binolux .

Contents shown: binoculars, spotting scopes

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MATSUSHIMACATALOGUE.PDF
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1956CADILLACOPTICALCATALOGUE.PDF

1976 Compass Instrument Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalogue: 12 scans/ 12 pages

Brand(s): Binolux

Contents shown: binoculars, opera

  glasses, monoculars, telescopes.

1966 Binolux Binoculars Catalogue (Compass) ( USA )

Complete catalog: 21 scans/ 21 pages

Brand(s): Binolux (Compass Instrument)

Contents shown: binoculars

Extras: 1966 distributor price list

1968 Compass Instrument wholesale mailer set ( USA )

Multiple selected brochures: 36 scans/ 36 pages

Brand(s): Monolux, Monoscope, Binolux

Contents shown: opera glasses, binoculars, telescopes, microscopes, rifle scopes

Extras: 1967-1968 distributor prices.

1952 Dave Cook Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalogue: 2 scans/ 2 pages

Brand(s): Dacote

Contents shown: binoculars

1966 Berns Wholesale Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 2 scans/ 2 pages

Brand(s): Jana

Contents shown: binoculars.

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1966BERNSCATALOGUE.PDF
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1952DAVECOOKFLYER.PDF
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1970ASHREHCATALOGUE.PDF
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1953LEEROBERTCATALOGUE.PDF
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1963KLEINSCATALOGUE.PDF

1952 Far Eastern Sales Flyer ( USA )

Full catalogue: 12 scans/ 12 pages

Brand(s): FE Precision Optics

Contents shown: binoculars, telescopes.

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1950GALEFCATALOGUE.PDF
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1966JAEGERSCATALOGUE.PDF
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1959DAVISCATALOGUE.PDF

1972 Herters Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalogue: 7 scans/ 7 pages

Brand(s): Herters .

Contents shown: binoculars, spotting scopes

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1972HERTERSCATALOGUE.PDF
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1952FAREASTERNFLYER.PDF

1963? Asahi Optical Flyer ( UK market/Woman cover )

Complete catalog: 7 scans 14 pages

Brand(s): Asahi, Pentax

Contents shown: binoculars

1963? Asahi Optical Catalog Italian market/ language

Complete catalog: 18 scans/ 36 pages

Brand(s): Asahi, Pentax

Contents shown: binoculars.

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1966BINOLUXCATALOGUE.PDF
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CHARLESFRANKCATALOGUE.PDF

1950s? Denhill Catalogue ( J.A. Davis )( UK )

Full catalogue: 20 scans/ 20 pages

Brand(s): Denhill

Contents shown: binoculars, telescopes

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1976COMPASSCATALOGUE.PDF

1967 Greenkat Catalogue ( UK ) ( Greenhill & Ellis )

Full catalogue; 13 scans/ 26 pages

Brand(s): Greenkat

Contents shown: binoculars, telescopes,

spotting scopes, rifles scopes, movie projectors

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ASAHIITALIANCATALOGUE.PDF

1962 Herters Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalogue: 3 scans/ 3 pages

Brand(s): Herters .

Contents shown: binoculars, spotting scopes

Extras: retail prices

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1962HERTERSCATALOGUE.PDF

1952 Montgomery Ward Photo Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 4 scans/ 4 pages

Brand(s): Wards

Contents shown: binoculars

Extras: retail prices

1956 Bushnell retail mailer set ( USA )

Complete catalog: 23 scans/ 23 pages

Brand(s): Bushnell

Contents shown: binoculars, monoculars, rifle scopes, spotting scopes

Extras: prices, booklets, testimonial letters, special offers, how to choose binoculars booklet, additional marketing materials and fold out flyer

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1956BUSHNELLMAILER.PDF
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1968COMPASSMAILER.PDF
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ASAHIUKFLYER.PDF

BINOCULARS* RESEARCH SCAN PROJECT UPDATED 8/23/2018

651 SCANS 935 PAGES/ 69 VINTAGE BINOCULARS CATALOGUES POSTED (CATALOGS, FLYERS, BROCHURES)

1963? Asahi Optical Mfgr. Catalog ( Binoculars cover )

Complete catalog: 18 scans/ 36 pages

Brand(s): Asahi, Pentax

Contents shown: binoculars.

1952 Bushnell Dealer Flyer ( USA )( Gould Lens Service )

complete catalog: 4 scans/ 8 pages

Brand(s): Bushnell

Contents shown: binoculars.

Extras: retail prices

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1952BUSHNELLDEALERFLYER.PDF
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ASAHIENGLISHCATALOGUE.PDF
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DENHILLCATALOGUE.PDF

1965-1966 Actina Ltd. Catalogue ( UK )

Partial catalog: 4 scans 8 pages

Brand(s): Kalimar

Contents shown: binoculars

1930 Galef Catalogue ( USA )

Full catalogue. 15 scans/ 30 pages

Brand(s): Armand, Jockey Club

Shown: binoculars, firearms,air rifles & pistols

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1930GALEFCATALOGUE.PDF
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1965ACTINACATALOGUE.PDF
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1952MONTGOMERYWARDCATALOGUE.PDF

WANTED: BINOCULARS CATALOGS THAT WE DON’T HAVE CONTAINING MINIATURE BINOCULARS.

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1960s? Asahi Optical Flyer ( UK market/Scenic cover )Complete catalog: 20 scans/ 40 pagesh

Brand(s): Asahi, Pentax

Contents shown: binoculars

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ASAHIOPTICALCOCATALOGUE.PDF

1961 Central Camera Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 6 scans/ 6 pages

Brand(s): Sirus, Zeiss, Bushnell, Hertel & Reuss, Hensoldt, Bausch & Lomb

Contents shown: binoculars.

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1961CENTRALCAMERACATALOGUE.PDF

1963 Bushnell Brochure ( USA )

Full catalog: 5 scans/ 10 pages

Brand(s): Bushnell

Contents shown: binoculars, opera glasses, rifle scopes

Extras: 1964 updates

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1967GREENKATCATALOGUE.PDF
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1963BUSHNELLFLYER.PDF

1951 Barr & Stroud Binoculars Catalogue ( Scotland ) Complete catalog: 9 scans/ 17 pages

Brand(s): Barr & Stroud

Contents shown: binoculars.

(1950’s?) Kershaw Binoculars flyer ( UK )

Complete catalog: 3 scans/ 3 pages

Brand(s): Kershaw .

Contents shown: binoculars.

1967 Hero Camera Co. Catalogue ( Japan )

Partial catalog: 2 selected scans/ 4 pages

Brand(s): Nikon, Cannon, Kenko, Zeika,

  Gold Star (Minette)

Contents shown: binoculars.

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1951BARRANDSTROUD.PDF
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1953KERSHAWFLYER.PDF

1956 Bausch & Lomb Catalogue ( USA )

Complete catalog: 38 scans/ 38 pages

Brand(s): Bausch & Lomb

Contents shown: binoculars

Extras: Orig dealer catalog request, cover letter

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1967HEROCATALOGUE.PDF

1952 Bausch & Lomb Catalogue ( USA )

Partial catalog: 10 scans/ 17 pages

Brand(s): Bausch & Lomb

Contents shown: binoculars (How to: see 1956 below)

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1956BAUSCHANDLOMB.PDF