Item #1074 JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s

JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL PHOTO ALBUM 1950s

Item #1074

Excellent unworn condition. 36 off-white leaves/72 pages, 3 leaves blank; 168 b&w photos, plus 12 tucked in; 4 photos appear to be missing (as found)

Beautifully preserved photo album, documenting a Japanese teenager’s school days; photos carefully annotated in up-to-down Japanese script. Perhaps the camera was a new and exciting toy, as many photos appear to be taken within a relatively short period of time. For one who reads Japanese it would be a cinch to follow the action, as the ink is not faded.

We see staff photos; class photos, of dozens of schoolgirls all in uniform; photos of field trips to sites of geological and historic interest; many photos of our heroine in a garden; with her parents; her pet cat, dog and chicken; with close friends; on a beach; on stage with an acoustic guitar. Several photos show the classmates in more formal dress, in processions; this may indicate a communion or other religious rite (one of the captions, beneath pictures of a lakeside, indicates, in English, Y.W.C.A.), but no overt religious symbols are evident. The only other caption in English is of an American or British girl in her mid-teens, named Miss Faith Carroll; a quick internet search revealed no obituary.

The photos possess a precious innocence and old-world quality, and a real sense of humor as well. People smile for the photos but this is quite clearly not their first experience with a camera. In the classroom, we see a trigonometry lesson in progress and a reel-to-reel machine.

Earlier in the album the dates recorded utilize the Japanese calendar system (29 through 31 of the Showa period); towards the end, cryptically, the style shifts to the Gregorian calendar, and several captions list 1957 as the date.

The album is hardbound; the covers are wrapped in an un-dyed woven hemp, with no fraying or tears. A remarkably well-preserved document of its time and situation. The owner will likely wish to consult with a Japanese speaker to fully understand the captions.

Price: $150.00

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