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      The History of Canon1933 - 1961

      Prologue up to the birth of Canon

      History of Enterprise
      year
      History of Products
      1933
      • Canon’s predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, is founded in Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, to conduct research into quality cameras.
      1933
      1934
      1934
      • The Kwanon, Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera, is produced in prototype form.
        KWANON

        KWANON

      1935
      • The company files for registration of the "Canon" trademark.
      1935
      1936
      1936
      • The Hansa Canon, a 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera, is introduced.
      1937
      • Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd. is founded.
      1937
       
      1939
      1939
      • In-house production of Serenar Lens commences.
      1940
      1940
      • Japan's first indirect X-ray camera is developed.
        Indirect X-ray camera

        Indirect X-ray camera

      1942
      • Takeshi Mitarai is appointed president of Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd.
        Takeshi Mitarai

        Takeshi Mitarai

      1942
       
      1945
      1945
      • Production commences for the midrange J II focal-plane-shutter camera.
      1946
      • The Ginza Camera Service Station opens.
      1946
      • The Canon S II is introduced, receiving great acclaim from ranking officers in the Occupation Forces and foreign buyers in Japan.
      1947
      • The company becomes Canon Camera Co., Inc.
      • Government designates Canon cameras priority exports when Japan resumes export activities.
      1947
      1949
      • Canon shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for the first time when postwar stock trading resumes.
      1949
      • The Canon II B wins first prize at a national camera exhibition held in San Francisco.
      1951
      • Canon concentrates head office and manufacturing plants in Shimomaruko, Ohta-ku, Tokyo.
      1951
       
      1952
      1952
      • The Canon IVSb, the world's first speed-light synchronized 35 mm flash-and-shutter camera, is introduced.
      1954
      1954
      • Canon and the NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories jointly develop a television camera to prepare for the commencement of television broadcasting.
      1955
      • Canon’s New York branch office is opened.
        Canon’s New York branch office is opened.
      1955
       
      1956
      • Supplier of precision components Chichibu Eikosha Co., Ltd. (today, Canon Electronics Inc.) becomes a Canon affiliate.
      1956
      • The Canon 8T, an 8 mm cinecamera, is introduced.
      1957
      • Canon Europa, the sole European distributor, is established in Geneva.
      1957
      • The Canon L1 still camera and Canon 8T 8 mm cine-camera become the first products to receive the Good Design product designation awarded by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
      1958
      1958
      • A field zoom lens for television broadcasting is introduced.
      1959
      • Through a tie-up with Documat Inc. of the U.S., Canon enters the micrographics market.
      • Canon enters the market for magnetic heads.
      1959
      • The Canon Flex, Canon’s first SLR camera, is introduced.
      • The Synchroreader is introduced.
      1960
      1960
      • Canon develops a magnetic head for use in VTRs.
      1961
      • The company's main factory in Toride (today, the Toride Plant) is completed.
      1961
      • "Electric-eye" boom is sparked by the introduction of the Canonet.
      • Canon completes Japan's first rotary microfilm system.
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