JAPAN in the 1950s PHOTO ALBUM
14.25 x 11.5” spiral bound album with a brown plastic cover with “Photographs” on the front; the front cover is detached from the album. This album offers a glimpse into parts of Japan in the 1950s, including Chiba City, Katagai, Kawara, Matsushima, and Mount Fuji. The photographer took care to document aspects of Japanese culture and nature that they clearly found fascinating, including detailed photos of people preparing for Kabuki theater, rice fields, fishing boats and commerce, and beautiful architecture. Amongst the most exciting photos, there are images, including one taken at night, of Mount Mihara volcano spewing smoke, and lovely photos of the Ise Grand Shrine. There are 15 Kodacolor prints, some of which, though faded, show off the color of fields of spider lilies. There are also photos of G. I.’s on a train to Karuizawa, a man named Dr. Arthur Rinden, and a woman named Susie. There are a few empty pages at the back, and some pages are loose. Photographs measure between 3.25 x 3.25” and 6.5 x 4.75” and are held to the pages with corner tabs. The photos of Kabuki theater are commercial photos, which are numbered, and accompanied by a typed card which describes each of these photos, while other photos in the album have handwritten annotations on the photos themselves.