JAPAN: SCHOOL PRINCIPAL : 10th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS HIRING PHOTO : KATO : 1910

This vintage real photo postcard honors a Japanese school principal celebrating his tenth anniversary of employment at an Agricultural school in Kato, Japan. The city of Kato is in the Chiba Prefecture. A printed stamp on the reverse of the card indicates that it was published in 1910. This postcard has corner wear from being a former resident of a postcard album. The postcard is in overall good condition (see scans).

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ANNA MAY WONG : FIRST CHINESE AMERICAN MOVIE STAR : FLAPPER : ANTI ASIAN BIAS

This vintage real photo postcard features the first Chinese American movie star, Anna May Wong (1905-1961). She had diverse performing experiences including silent film, sound film, stage, television and radio. Among her honors is that she will be depicted on the reverse of quarters as part of the “American Woman Quarter Series”. She was born in Los Angeles, California. She had to transfer from her public school to a Chinese school due to racial taunting. She began acting in silent films as a teenager. In 1922 she was in one of the first color films and appeared with Douglas Fairbanks in “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). By 1924, Wong was an international star and a fashion icon. Wong was one of the early flappers. In 1928, Wong grew tired of playing stereotypical roles in Hollywood. She had enough of being the “Dragon Lady” or the “Butterfly Woman”. She began playing starring roles in Europe in some important plays and films. In the early to mid 1930’s, Wong commuted between Europe and the United States to perform in both theater and film. In 1935, Wong was the victim of significant anti-Asian discrimination when she was refused the starring role in Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth”. MGM used a white actress in yellow face to play the starring role of the Asian character. One of the reasons she was excluded from the part was because she would have had to kiss a Caucasion actor is she took the role. Interracial kisses were prohibited in Hollywood. The next year Wong went to China to film a documentary about Chinese Culture and to visit the village that her family ancestors lived in. During the late 1930’s, Wong played in a number of B movies for Paramount Pictures. These films presented Chinese and Chinese American characters in a positive manner. During World War II she worked hard to aid the Chinese in their conflict with Japan. In the 1950’s she became involved with appearing on television. Wong never married. There were rumors of her being a lesbian and having affairs with director Leni Riefenstahl and actress Marlene Dietrich. In 1936, she was asked by reporters if she had marriage plans. She responded “No. I am wedded to my art”.  The IMDb reports that Wang has 61 credits in her filmography (1920-1961). In 1961, she died of a heart attack. This vintage portrait postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (No9596/1). The logo for Paramount Pictures can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the image. (SOLD)

PORTRAIT OF AN ASIAN WOMAN WORKING IN A FLOWER SHOP : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage snapshot photograph features an Asian woman working in a flower shop. It appears that she is wearing a kimono. She is surrounded by pretty plants and flowers. The photo measures about 3.25″ x 4.5 and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A GEISHA

This vintage photograph features a pretty Geisha girl. Presumably, the photo was taken in Japan. Geisha girls are Japanese women who are entertainers. They perform ancient traditions of art, dance, and song. They wear traditional costumes and make-up. This photograph measures about 3 1/8″ x 4 1/2″ and is in excellent condition.

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JAPANESE PERFORMER : YOUNG, PRETTY, AND SMARTLY DRESSED

This vintage real photo postcard features a young and pretty Japanese performer. She may be an actress, a dancer, or some other type of entertainer. She is wearing a beautiful kimono and holding a large fan with an interesting pattern. Note her wonderful hair treatment. This lovely postcard has an AZO stamp box which indicates that the card dates back to between 1910 and 1930. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN WEARING A KIMONO

This vintage photograph features a pretty Japanese woman wearing a kimono. What is the woman posing next to? Is it a fountain? This photo might be part of a fashion shoot. Her kimono seems to be the center of the shot. The photograph measures about 5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ and is in excellent condition.

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FIVE FEMALE JAPANESE MUSICIANS IN TRADITIONAL COSTUME (VINTAGE RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features five pretty female Japanese musicians and their instruments. The three women in the front row are playing percussion type instruments. The other two women are playing a flute and stringed instrument respectively. This is an early private postcard postmarked 1904. The postcard was mailed from Canada to Lexington, Massachusetts. It has both a Quebec and a Massachusetts postmark. (SOLD)

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PRETTY ASIAN WOMAN IN FORMAL TRADITIONAL GARB (JAPANESE? INDONESIAN?)

This vintage real photo postcard begs some answers, but I’m stumped. I have never seen the type of clothing displayed on this card before; despite my exposure to a multitude of international postcards. This interesting studio portraiture features a pretty Asian woman dressed in some unusual garb. It appears to be formal traditional clothing. I do not know which culture that this dress represents. I am hypothesizing that woman is Japanese. However, the previous owner of this postcard thought the woman may have been from Indonesia. The owner’s guess is written on the reverse of the card. The woman in this photo is holding a basket in one hand and an object I can’t identify in the other hand. There is an AZO stamp box on the back of the postcard. It reveals that this card was produced sometime between 1910 and 1930.  SOLD

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YOKO TANI : SUCCESSFUL JAPANESE ACTRESS IN EUROPE AND DELIVERER OF CHEESECAKE

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Yoko Tani (1928-1999) was a Japanese actress and nightclub entertainer. Some writers have described her as “Eurasian” or “half French”. These half white labels were thought necessary because there was a belief she would be accepted more as an exotic than as a Japanese woman by European post World War II audiences. The reality is that both her parents were Japanese but worked for the Japanese embassy in Paris. She was conceived on a boat to France and born in Paris. She was given the name “Yoko” which means “ocean child”. She and her family returned to Japan in 1930 and she returned to France in 1950 after finishing her schooling in Japan. She went back to France because she was awarded a scholarship to study aesthetics at the University of Paris. She stayed in school for a couple of years but it did not hold her interest. She developed a strong attraction to the world of cabarets, night clubs and music halls. She entered into “show business” and became known as an “exotic oriental beauty” with her provocative sexy “geisha” dances. These dances often ended with her slipping out of her kimono. She also appeared in “cheesecake photographs”. Discovered by Marcel Carne, a French film director, she entered into his social world of filmdom. She met and later married Roland Lesaffre, the French actor. It would be the first of two marriages. She soon began acting in films. Until the mid 1950’s her acting roles were confined to stereotyped Asians in French films. In 1956 she appeared in French films in more substantial roles. While in Japan, she appeared in a film with a “women in prison” theme. Between 1957 and 1962, Tani appeared in international films. Her first English language film was Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American”. She had a small role playing a French speaking Vietnamese nightclub hostess. In regard to English language films, Tani’s first great success was in “The Wind Cannot Read” (1958). She had a leading actress role and her success helped land her additional English language roles (Great Britain and the United States). Additional Hollywood parts included My Geisha (1962) and “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” (1963). In about 1963, she became more of a European based actress. She worked on mainly low budget Italian films and in femme fatale roles in British television. Tani maintained her love for cabaret and nightclubs throughout her career. The producer of “The Wind Cannot Read” wrote that when looking to recruit Tani for the picture, she found her in a “girlie club”, basically, a strip tease joint in Paris. It was reported that in the 1960’s, she worked in the Le Crazy Horse de Paris nightclub. In 1997, at nearly 50 years of age, she was in Brazil to play a small role in a sexploitation film. Also in 1977 she starred in a transvestite show in downtown Sao Paulo. The IMDb credits Tani with 53 film acting credits between 1949 and 2018.

  Postcard 1 showcases the beauty of Yoko Tani. This photograph is certainly a “cheesecake” image. Tani seems to be falling out of her robe (kimono). Let there be no doubt, sex sells. This was true in the 1950’s and 1960’s as well as today. Unfortunately, women were, and are, seen as objects. This vintage real photo postcard was made in France and published by the “Globe”. The card was part of a series (no.713). The photograph was taken by famed celebrity photographer Sam Levin. Levin was popular both in Europe as well as the United States. This photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

Postcard 2 is a risque photograph of Miss Tani. She is wearing the same robe as the one she wears in Postcard 1. It is strategically ill fitting. The postcard is made in Paris and published by the globe as part of a series (no.469). The photographer is Sam Levin. This photo postcard is in very good condition.

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JAPANESE ACROBATS : TUCK’S : TATTOOS : OILETTE SERIES

This vintage postcard was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons and is titled “Japanese Acrobats” (no. 6465). The performer in the middle has tattoos on his back, as well as on the back of his left leg. Note the acrobats are holding paper fans and that the center acrobat is wearing his fan on his head. The card is part of a sub-series named “Japanese at Home”. The postcard is also a member of the “Oilette ” series, which was introduced in 1903. The 1930 Tuck catalog states that the oilettes are “veritable miniature oil paintings;” with six designs in a packet. These postcards were printed with the “finest modern colour methods direct from original paintings”. Raphael Tuck and his wife started their photography business in 1866 in London. Their store sold pictures, greeting cards, and in time, postcards. Their success came from the sale of postcards during the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. In the early 1900’s the firm conducted postcard competitions for collectors of Tuck postcards. These competitions offered cash prizes and they were very popular. The winner of one of these competitions had a collection consisting of over twenty-five thousand cards. Three of Tuck’s four sons participated in the business. The company was devastated by German bombing during World War II. In 1959 the company merged with two other printing companies.  (SOLD)