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- OTHER BINOCULARS #1

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- JB JE MFGR. CODE LIST

- TRADEMARKED LOGOS

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Text Box: Creating a Big & Small section on brands was a fun challenge: now grown to 160 pairings , increasing monthly. It shows context: almost all “brand names” on miniature pattern binoculars also appeared on larger conventional binoculars; it shows that physical size does not strictly correlate to magnification; it shows in Japanese binoculars contract manufacturing the importer/exporter/ distributor/ retailer “brand” was any engraving desired. It also demonstrates identifying Japanese binoculars manufacturers by JB & JE manufacturer codes.

Big and Small: Binolux

Binolux binoculars.
Binolux jumelles.
Binolux kikare.
Binolux fernglas.
Binolux binocolo.
Binolux prismaticos.
Binolux binoculares.
Binolux kikkert.
Binolux verrekijker.
Binolux kiikarit.
Binolux dylbi.
Binolux dalekohled.
Binolux ninoklis.
Binolux ziuronai.
Binolux lornetka.
Binolux binoclu.
binolux durbun.
Binolux ong nhom.

“Binolux” was a trade marked brand of U.S. distributor Compass Instrument and Optical Co. Inc. from 1954. My smaller Binolux    m-60 10x20 binoculars and by “ K ” logo were manufactured by Omori Sogo Kogaku. My larger Binolux 7x35 binoculars are  manufacturer unknown.

Big and Small: Mercury binoculars

“Mercury” was a trademarked brand of U.S. importer/ distributor Jake Levin & Son used from 1964, then with Jason Empire Inc, then Bushnell Inc. My smaller Mercury 12x20 binoculars are probably manufactured by Tochihara). My larger 7x35 Mercury model 1111 binoculars were assembled by JB250/ Fujimori Optical Co, Ltd. of Japan

Colorado regional Sporting Goods chain and mail order business Dave Cook Sporting Goods Co. Inc. (est 1936) was observed to have advertised their non trade marked “ Dacote ” brand name on binoculars from at least 1952-1976. Based on various indicators (both independent focus; both with no JB or JE mfgr code markings; both prominently marked “made in Japan”: I date both of these after Apr. 28 1952 and before Nov. 1959 when JB codes were imposed. Manufacturers unknown.

Big and Small: Prestige binoculars

Mercury binoculars.
Mercury jumelles.
Mercury fernglas.
Mercury kikare.
Mercury binocolo.
Mercury prismaticos.
Mercury binoculares.
Mercury verrekijker.
Mercury kikkert.
Mercury kiikarit.
Mercury dylbi.
Mercury dvogled.
Mercury dalekohled.
Mercury lornetka.
Mercury ziuronai.
Mercury burbun.
Mercury ong nhom.
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Big and Small: Manon binoculars

“Manon ” and “Shrine” were trade marked brands of Japanese exporter Miura Shoji K.K., dba Miura Trading Co. Ltd. from 1952. My smaller 7x18 Manon binoculars are unmarked as to assembling manufacturer, but the frame was made by JE7/ Nippon Kogaku K.K of Japan . My larger 7x35 Manon binoculars binoculars were assembled by JB119/ Nisshin Kogaku K.K. of Japan, and the frame/body was made by JE10/ Toko Seiki K.K of Japan, and the EP ( export only taxation marking) dates these to the 1950’s. The N.O.C logo (exporter?) logo is unfamiliar to me.

Manon binoculars.
Manon fernglas.
Manon jumelles.
Manon prismaticos.
Manon binoculares.
Manon kikare.
Manon kikkert.
Manon verrekijker.
Manon binocolo.
Manon kiikarit.
Manon dylbi.
Manon dvogled.
Manon dalekohled.
Manon binoklis.
Manon ziuronai.
Manon lornetka.
Maonon binoclu.
Manon durbun.
Manob ong nhom.

Big and Small: Bushnell binoculars

Bushnell binoculars.
Busshnell fernglas.
Bushnell kikare.
Bushnell jumelles.
Bushnell prismaticos.
Bushnell binoculares.
Bushnell binocolo.
Bushnell kikkert.
Bushnell verreijker.
Bushnell kiikarit.
Bushnell dylbi.
Bushnell dvogled.
Bushnell dalekohled.
Bushnell binoklis.
Bushnell ziuronai.
Bushnell lornetka.
Bushnell binoclu.
Bushnell Durbun.
Bushnell ong nhom.t

U.S. importer and distributor David Bushnell imported Japanese contracted Bushnell brand binoculars into the U.S. starting in 1948. My smaller 7x15 Bushnell binoculars were made for Bushnell by AOCo / (Asahi Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-geisha ), ( 旭光学工業株式会社 ) of Japan and post date the US occupation period but predate JB codes, so 1951-Nov 1959. My larger 7x35 binoculars were assembled in 1963 by JB138/ Toyo Jitsugo K.K. of Japan, with the frame/body made by JE4 / Toei Kogaku K.K. of Japan. These are also marked BOL (indicating inspection by Bushnell Optical Lab)

Tower binoculars.
tower jumelles.
Tower fernglas.
Tower kikare.
Tower prismaticos.
Tower binoculares.
Tower binocolo.
Tower kikkert.
Tower verrekijker.

Sears sold various like binoculars, photo equipment, electric fans etc. under the “Tower” brand since at least 1949: mostly not trade marked specifically (though Tower was a trade mark of Sears photo finishing). The Tower brand was named after Sears Tower in Chicago, the world’s tallest building for 24 years.

My smaller (Sears) Tower 6x15 binoculars were made by AoCo (Asahi Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-geisha), ( 旭光学工業株式会社 ) of Japan, and these predate JB coding. My larger (Sears) Tower 7x50 binoculars were assembled by mfgr JB97 Soneda Kogaku Kenkujo Inc. of Japan, with frame/body by JE38 Nakabishi Kogaku Inc. of Japan.

                                                                                                         

Swift binoculars. 
Swift fernglas.
Swift jumelles.
Swift kikare.
Swift prismaticos.
Swift binoculares.
Swift kikkert.
Swift verrekijker.
Swift binocolo.
Swift kiikarit.
Swift dylbi.
Swift dvogled.
Swift dalekohled.
Swift binoklis.
Swift ziuronai.
Swift lornetka.
Swift binoclu.
Swift durbun. Swift ong nhom.

Big and Small: Swift binoculars

U.S. importer Swift Instruments and it’s predecessor Swift and Anderson began importing European binoculars around 1924, and after WWII ended they imported Japanese binoculars and scopes under their “Swift” brand and trade marked Swift in cross hairs logo. My smaller Swift brand model 730 7x18 binoculars were assembled by JB001/ Toa Optical Co., Ltd. (Toa Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-geisha )( 東亜光学株式会社 ) of Japan. My larger Swift brand model 761 8x42 binoculars were assembled by JB56/ Hiyoshi Kogaku Co. Ltd. of Japan.

Big and Small: Omega binoculars

Omega binoculars.
Omega  jumelles.
Omega fernglas.
Omega kikare.
Omega prismaticos.
Omega binoculares.
Omega kikkert.
Omega verrekijker.
Omega binocolo.
Omega kiikarit.
Omega dylbi.
Omega dvogled.
Omega dalekohled.
Omega binoklis.
Omega ziuronai.
Omega lornetka.
Omega binoclu.
Omega durbun.
Omega ong nhom.

Big and Small: Atco binoculars

Atco binoculars.
Atco jumelles.
Atco fernglas.
Atco prismaticos.
Atco binoculares.
Atco binocolo.
Atco kikkert.
Atco kikare.
Atco verrekijker. 
Atco kiikarit.
Atco dylbi.
Atco dvogled.
Atco binoklis.
Atco ziuronai.
Atco lornetka.
Atco binoclu.
Atco durbun
Atco ong nhom. Apollon binoculars.
Apollon jumelles.
Apollon binoculares.
Apollon kikare.
Apollon prismaticos.
Apollon fernglas.
Apollon kikkert.
Apollon verrekijker.
Apollon binocolo.
Apollon kiikarit.
Apollon dylbi.
Apollon dvogled.
Apollon dalekohled.
Apollon binoklis.
Apollon ziuronai.
Apollon lornetka.
Apollon binoclu.
Apollon durbun.
Apollon ong nhom.