Before there was ‘Yashica’…

Before there was Yashica there was Yashima. From its humble beginnings in the small town of Suwa in the shadows of the Japanese Alps and along the shores of Lake Suwa, Yashica grew to be Japan’s largest producer of high quality but low priced twin-lens reflex (TLR) medium format (6x6cm) cameras in less than a decade. The ‘Sailor Boy’ figurine is from 1962 and the box is from 1953. This box holds the very first camera that bore the Yashima name. The presentation box as they are called, has survived over six decades of use and represents the oldest box in our collection. Relatively rare (maybe really really rare) box is seldom seen outside of Japan. Most camera boxes from the 1950s were thrown away or just simply fell apart. 20151210_08273820151210_08302420151210_082922