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GALLERY: 100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Of Pre-War Japan

oday’s post is about Postcards from Japan (vintage too). As you already know can offer a captivating glimpse into eras that have long since passed and forgotten. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. They compromise hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions and Japan’s culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity.

Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

 Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo

Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo

Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo

 Nihonbashi dori Tokyo

Nihonbashi dori Tokyo

Nihonbashi dori Tokyo

 A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo)

A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo)

A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo)

 High lantern of Sumiyoshi, Osaka

High laHigh lantern of Sumiyoshi, Osaka

High lantern of Sumiyoshi, Osaka

(many of the postcards are dated from 1907 through 1922).

 Theatre Street, Yokohama

Theatre Street, Yokohama

Theatre Street, Yokohama

 Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka

Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka

Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka

 Sacred bridge, Nikko

Sacred bridge, Nikko

Sacred bridge, Nikko

 Bronze torii & Yohmeimon Gate, Nikko

Bronze torii & Yohmeimon Gate, Nikko

Bronze torii & Yohmeimon Gate, Nikko

 The pagoda of Toshogu, Nikko

The pagoda of Toshogu, Nikko

Source: 100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Of Pre-War Japan