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Milestones : 1919-1959

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1919
Establishment as Takachiho Seisakusho (October 12).
Takachiho Seisakusyo

1920s
Clinical thermometer introduced (1920).
"Olympus" registered as a trademark (1921).
Asahi 600x microscope introduced (1920).
Asahi microscope

Seika GE microscope introduced (1928).
Seika GE

1930s
Shibuya Plant established (1936).
MC metallurgical microscope developed (1930).
MC metallurgical microscope

Semi-Olympus I, the first Olympus camera introduced (1936).
Semi-Olympus I

1940s
Renamed to Takachiho Optical Co., Ltd. (1942).
Ina Plant established (1944).
Ina Plant

Renamed to Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. (1949).
Gastrocamera development launched (1949).
Olympus 35 I, Japan's first 35 mm camera with a lens shutter system introduced (1948).
Olympus 35 I

1950s
Headquarters moved from Shibuya Plant to Hatagaya, Tokyo (1953).
Hatagaya Plant

Expansion into measuring equipment (1955).
First gastrocamera unveiled by Tatsuro Uji at the Japan Surgery Conference. (1950).
GT-I gastrocamera introduced (1952).
GT-I gastrocamera

Mic biological microscope introduced (1958).
Mic biological microscope

Olympus Pen half-frame camera introduced (1959).
Olympus Pen half-frame camera

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