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Toshiba is a major Japanese company.

Tōkyō Shibaura Denki K.K. (東京芝浦電気㈱) resulted in 1939 from the merge of Tōkyō Denki (東京電気) and Shibaura Seisakusho (芝浦製作所). It became K.K. Tōshiba (㈱東芝), translated as Toshiba Corporation, in 1978. The Toshiba company is currently making consumer digital cameras and industrial video cameras.

Mazda products[]

Tōkyō Denki and later Tōkyō Shibaura Denki used the Mazda (マツダ) brand on various products:

  • Mazda flash bulbs;
  • Mazda filters, advertised in 1939;[1]
  • Mazda exposure meter, advertised in 1938 as the first Japanese electric meter.[2]

Toshiba cameras[]

  • Toshiba PDR-M25
  • Toshiba PDR 3300


  1. Advertisement on p.26 of Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin, December 15, 1939, reproduced on p.60 of Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku.
  2. Catalogue by Asanuma Shōkai dated July 1938, p.11.


  • Asanuma Shōkai. Cameras and other apparatus and materials. Catalogue dated July 1938. P.10. Document partly reproduced in this Flickr album by Rebollo_fr.
  • Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin (日本写真興業通信). Hyaku-gō goto jūkai no kiroku (百号ごと十回の記録, Ten records, every hundred issues). Tokyo: Nihon Shashin Kōgyō Tsūshin Sha (日本写真興業通信社), 1967. No ISBN number. Advertisements on pp.54 and 60, corresponding to pp.20 and 26 of the December 15, 1939 issue.


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