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)

THREE EXQUISITE FRENCH WOMAN WEARING KIMONOS IN TOULON, FRANCE

This vintage photo postcard is simply exquisite. Three pretty women, wearing Japanese kimonos, pose for their portrait at the photographic studio of E. Meunier, in Toulon, France. At the turn of the century, kimonos and textiles from Japan captured the interest of fashionistas in Europe and the United States. Women began wearing kimonos as indoor fashion and some women used kimono fabrics to make western dresses. Over time, Japanese kimono fashion became absorbed into Paris Haute Couture. Occasionally, I encounter cdv’s or cabinet cards featuring women wearing kimonos. These early photographs reveal that kimono popularity in the western world was evident as early as the 1880’s. I have seen other real photo postcards with portraits of western women wearing Japanese fashion. However, this image is very special. The women are clutching Japanese fans and one of the ladies is holding a Japanese umbrella (wagasa). This vintage real photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A LITTLE GEISHA GIRL (CDV)

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This cartes de visite portrait features a smiling barefoot little girl dressed as a geisha. She is holding an Asian style umbrella. Geisha girls are Japanese women who are entertainers. They perform ancient traditions of art, dance, and song. They wear traditional costumes and make-up. There was a time that geisha fashion was popular in the Western world. Both adult women and young children, in the west, would wear this Japanese fashion. It is not uncommon to find cabinet card era (late 19th and early 20th century) photographs of Western women wearing kimonos. This cdv photograph measures about 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).
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PORTRAIT OF TWO PRETTY GEISHAS STANDING IN A GARDEN

This vintage real photo postcard features two pretty geisha women standing in a garden. The women’s portrait provides an excellent view of their traditional clothing. The postcard is color tinted and made in Japan. The postcard is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER AND HER ADULT SON IN IWAKI, JAPAN

This vintage photograph features a mother and her son. The son is wearing a western three-piece suit while his mom is dressed in a Japaese traditional kimono. Mom looks extremely serious or unhappy. The son in this photo appears to be in better spirits. Note his wire rim glasses. This photograph was taken by T. Nakashima who operated a photo studio in Iwaki, Japan. The city of Iwaki is located in Fukushima Prefecture. In terms of area, Iwaki is the tenth to largest city in Japan. This photograph was taken in the early 1920’s. The photo measures about 9″ x 6″ and is in good condition (see scans). There is an inscription on the reverse of the photograph that I can not translate.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO JAPANESE SISTERS CLAD IN KIMONOS

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This vintage photograph features two Japanese women wearing traditional kimonos. The pair look more like sisters than a mother and daughter. The photograph was taken by a photographer with the last name of Maki. He operated a photo studio in Iwaki, Japan. The city of Iwaki is located in Fukushima Prefecture. In terms of area, Iwaki is the tenth to largest city in Japan. This photograph measures about 4″ x 6″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN WEARING A KIMONO IN TOKYO JAPAN

This vintage photograph features a pretty Japanese woman wearing a kimono. I am curious about why her hair is styled in such a perfectly coiffed straight up fashion. My guess is that the hair style’s purpose is to show the woman’s complete facial beauty. Just a guess on my part. The previous owner of this photograph identified the year it was taken as 1915. It is likely that this date is printed (in Japanese) on the front of the photograph. At the very least, this image is from circa 1915. The photo was taken by Tanaka who operated a studio in Tokyo, Japan. This antique photograph measures about 6 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans). Residue on the reverse of the photograph indicates that it once resided in a photo album.

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THREE PRETTY CANADIAN WOMEN WEARING KIMONOS IN CHATHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA

This vintage photograph features three women wearing pretty kimonos and flowers in their hair. Judging by their smiles, they seem to be having a good time as they pose for their portrait at the Butler Studio in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. There was a time when wearing this Japanese style clothing was quite popular in parts of the United States and Canada. This is apparent because it is not uncommon to find cabinet card era photographs with Western subjects wearing kimonos. In fact, you can view other photographs of Western women dressed in kimonos in the Cabinet Card Gallery’s collection. Place the word “kimono” in this blog’s search box to see other photos exemplifying this impact of Japanese fashion on American/Canadian fashion around the early twentieth century. The photographer of this image is J. S. Butler who operated as a photographer in Chatham from 1874 until 1902. A number of his photographs can be found in the collection of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Museum. A photo of Mr. Butler can be seen below.

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PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN WEARING A KIMONO AND HOLDING AN UMBRELLA

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This vintage photograph features a pretty Japanese woman in traditional clothing standing in a garden. She is wearing a kimono and holding an umbrella. The traditional Japanese umbrella may be a “wagasa” (made of bamboo and paper). The young woman and the photographer are unidentified. This photograph is nearly postcard size (3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″).

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN IN SAGA, JAPAN

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A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Y. Sagara studio in Saga, Japan. She is wearing a kimono and holding a folding fan. The image is from around the 1910’s. Saga is the capitalof Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

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