Showa Koden

As with a lot of Japanes companies, it's hard to find some historical information. After some surfing on the Internet I found the following information about Showa Koden.

Shōwa  is the name of the Japanese era that started in 1926 and ended in 1989, corresponding to the reign of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito). This word was used as a name by various Japanese companies:

Shōwa Kōden Kenkyūjo was a Japanese company which made exposure meters in the mid-1950s. It produced the Novar meters, its range in 1955 consisting of the Novar II (2,900) and Novar Mascot (2,300).

Novar exposure meters in Photo Art no.80, June 1955, showing the Novar Mascot.

The name Showa Koden can be found on a number of exposure meters also on meters with a private brand.
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