(circa1905). Stock ID #170977
Attractive Japanese album 26.6 x 36cm containing 6 colour large (20 x 25cm) hand coloured albumen photographs, 4 large (20 x 25cm) black and white albumen photographs and 5 small black and white photographs, an attractive black and white postcard showing Mt Fuji with a dragon flying across the foreground, 3 newspaper clippings, two business cards and portions of an envelope addressed to Miss G. Macphail(?) of the Bluff in Yokohama. The hand coloured photographs are considerably degraded, the large black and white images of Canton show fading and browning at edges but are largely still bright and clear images. Small photographs quite browned. Lower cover of the album is detached. Unfortunately we do not know who put together the items in this intriguing album but it is likely that the owner lived in Japan around the beginning of the 20th century. It contains 6 large commercial images of Nikko Toshogu Shrine with its bridge, pagoda and wood carvings at its gate. Toshogu Shrine is a famous landmark shrine in Nikko where Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) has been revered as its deity. The album also contains 4 large black and white photographs of Canton: one a temple scene which is not captioned, the others: Clepsydra or Water Clock, Canton; Heavenly Peace Street, Canton and City Wall and Five-Story Pagoda, Canton. Five privately taken photographs shows a ship off the coast, men in a life raft and two unidentified views, one a landscape and one from the sea.
The album seems to date from around the end of the Russo-Japanese War as the last 2 pages are used as one would a scrapbook. These leaves contain a newspaper clipping from the Japan Times dated 10 June 1905, which reports peace negotiations between Russia and Japan were proposed by President Roosevelt. A reference to Russian Minister of War, Kuropatkin can be found as well. A letter to the editor from a Grace Macphail to urge women's franchise to be given (date unknown) and a section of an envelope with her address in Yokohama, as well as two Japanese business cards and a newspaper cutting showing a Mr J. Martin Miller. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 170977).
Price: $650.00 AU