Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
About the advertising signboards (90 centimeters in length and 15 centimeters in width) with the name of a town made of enamel to advertise "Morishita Jintan" (Osaka City Chuo Ward) which had been hung in the streets in the whole country from end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa era, it was said that their number would again increase in Kyoto city.This company on the 27th started the pencil case type new signboard in the same city.
It was said that it would be set up at a pacing of 20-30 numbers in a year.
Because the number of address display boards set up in towns was few and postmen had a difficult time, this company set up signboards in the city part since 1910. The marking of Jintan was added on the signboard that was made by applying a layer of vitreous material onto the metal and then treated it with high heat.
Kyoto City that had the most number of it, 15 years ago the number decreased from about 1200 pieces to about 750 along with the rebuilding of houses, and the lost due to war damage and the development in postwar days.
This year, the installation was scheduled for 25 locations in 13 town associations.
Jintan was a famous brand name even in some parts of China before WWII. It is interesting to note that this brand is making a return.