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Barbers.Japanese, Edo period, 1860s.Photographer Felice Beato, Italian, 1834–1907.

Barbers.Japanese, Edo period, 1860s.Photographer Felice Beato, Italian, 1834–1907.

Portrait of a former samurai.  Hand-colored photo taken in the 1870’s, Japan, a few years after the abolishing of the samurai by the command of the Emperor.  Photographer Felice Beato

Portrait of a former samurai. Hand-colored photo taken in the 1870’s, Japan, a few years after the abolishing of the samurai by the command of the Emperor. Photographer Felice Beato

A bamboo avenue at Kyoto from "In lotus-land Japan", 1910 by H.G.Ponting

A bamboo avenue at Kyoto from "In lotus-land Japan", 1910 by H.G.Ponting

oldtimejapan:  大原女   Oharame.  About 1900, near Kyoto, Japan. A rural town nestled in the mountains about 14 kilometers north of the heart of Kyoto, Ohara’s most iconic image is its “Oharame.” Oharame were the female peddlers that many years ago dressed in distinctive work clothes and walked into the city to sell produce from the countryside. These trips into town provided a precious supplementary income for farmers.

oldtimejapan: 大原女 Oharame. About 1900, near Kyoto, Japan. A rural town nestled in the mountains about 14 kilometers north of the heart of Kyoto, Ohara’s most iconic image is its “Oharame.” Oharame were the female peddlers that many years ago dressed in distinctive work clothes and walked into the city to sell produce from the countryside. These trips into town provided a precious supplementary income for farmers.

Acrobats [detail]. About 1880’s, Japan, by photographer Kusakabe, Kimbei.    Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Acrobats [detail]. About 1880’s, Japan, by photographer Kusakabe, Kimbei. Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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