1. Japanese cruiser NaniwaJapanese cruiser Naniwa was the lead ship of the Naniwa-class cruisers, built in the Newcastle upon Tyne-based Armstrong Whitworth Elswick shipyard in the United Kingdom. Together with her sister ship, Takachiho, these were the first protected cruisers acquired by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The name Naniwa comes from an ancient name for Osaka, which appears in the Nara period chronicle Nihon Shoki. She played a major role in the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895.
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Thank you so much! This is very helpful!Looks like Hirase to me, a close-up doesn't seem to help as much as sitting far away and squinting a bit.
The back of the frames seems to say 浪速タッカー（株式？）会社: Naniwa Tucker Co. Ltd.
and 祝 エッソスタンダード様: (celebration of) Esso Standard-sama
Looking it up, as I hadn't seen 浪速 before:
So it could refer to the ship, or possibly Naniwa Tucker is the name of the company (possibly based out of Osaka?) to which the painted is dedicated or belonged, but a search didn't bring up anything. Esso Standard most likely refers to the oil company