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Milestones : 1919-1959

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Establishment as Takachiho Seisakusho (October 12).
Takachiho Seisakusyo

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

Seika GE microscope introduced (1928).
Seika GE

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

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

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

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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