Kazuo Tashima founds the company Nichi-doku Shashinki Shokai (literally, Japan-German Camera Company). With the assistance of Willy Neumann (who had previously worked at Krauss Optische Werke), Tashima produces the Nifcalette. This is a folding camera, which derives its name from NIppon Foto CAmeras. These generally have Japanese bodies and German lenses.
Company name is changed to Molta, which is derived from Mechanism, Optics and Lenses by TAshima.
The Minolta name appears for the first time with the Semi-Minolta. The name Minolta derives from Machines, INstruments, Optics and Lenses by TAshima.
The company reorganises, and changes its name to Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha.
The first Minolta Leica copy, the Minolta 35 l (Original, or Model A) is marketed. This has an unusual film frame size of 24 x 32mm. This is followed by the Model B, which has no locking catch on the slow speed dial, and different shutter speeds.
Minolta 35 l Model C introduced, with a changed image size of 24 x 33mm. This is followed by the Model D (1948), E (1951), F (1952), ll (1953) and the llB (1958).
Minolta plan to introduce the Minolta Sky, a camera that has some similarity to the Leica M3. Although designed to use Minolta M mount bayonet lenses, an adapter for 39mm screw mount lenses is available. Probably less than 100 are made, and these are not sold publicly.
Introduction of the first Minolta SLR camera (Minolta SR-2).
Minolta sign an agreement with Leitz for the production of rangefinder cameras (probably as a result of high labour costs in Germany).
Introduction of the Leica CL (also produced by Minolta under licence and sold as the Minolta CL).
Death of Kazuo Tashima, on his 86th birthday.
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