I thought this was interesting:
In 1933, when Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory was established, the name given to cameras manufactured on a trial basis at the time was Kwanon. This title reflected the benevolence of Kwanon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and embodied the Company’s vision of creating the best cameras in the world. The logo included the word with an image of “Kwanon with 1,000 Arms” and flames.
via Origin of the Logo – canon.com
Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory underwent several name changes before the adoption of Canon Camera Co., Inc., in 1947. This change was significant in that Canon brand and company names were unified for the first time in its history. Several versions of the logo were also used, until a unified version was created in 1953. After further refinements, the logo used today was perfected in 1955. It has remained unchanged for nearly half a century.
via Evolution of the Logo – canon.com
Related rant: Please give attribution!
I originally found this graphic on Tumblr which was taken from this other blog (NSFW). Neither places provide any useful attribution, but the image is clearly hosted on Flickr somewhere. Curious, I try to discover more by searching for ‘old Canon logos’ and ‘Kwanon’ on Flickr. I find this, which is interesting, but also has no attribution to a source.
Of course, a quick Google takes brings up the relevant pages on the Canon site (and a cool Neatorama article that does link to the source).
Please link to good sources for information, whatever it is and however trivial it may seem. It only takes a little effort to use this newfangled hyperlink feature properly. Links are what makes the web work and they can be used for good or evil. Make yours good!