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Old Photos of Japan
shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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  • LAJOS SZABO

    WHAT AN ORGANISED LIFE STYLE. I LIKE.

  • Kjeld Duits

    Hi Amy! I don’t remember seeing a photo of a female broom peddler, but I …

  • Amy Katoh

    I have also seen a similar photo of a woman peddlar . . . Does …

  • Kjeld Duits

    Just received this e-mail message from Rob Oechsle: Hi Kjeld. Finally nailed the official Enami Catalog …

  • Kjeld Duits

    Thanks, Rob! Really appreciate that. I have already changed the attribution. Some of my most favorite …

1890s • Basket and Broom Peddler

Basket and Broom Peddler

This vendor doesn’t only sell baskets and brooms (箒), but also brushes, sieves (笊), ladles (杓) and more, all piled up high on his cart, called a daihachiguruma (大八車). To protect himself from the elements, he is wearing a broad bamboo hat, known as a bachoukasa (バッチョウ笠). Vendors like him used special calls to make potential customers aware of their arrival.

Photographer: Nobukuni Enami
Publisher: Nobukuni Enami
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70601-0018

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Hi Kjeld. I attribute the above broom seller to T. ENAMI. Have seen it in two of his albums. There is a similar one attributed to Tamamura who took a view of the same guy at a different time, but he is looking a bit away from you — whereas in the Enami image (above) he is looking right at the camera.

# Rob Oechsle · 2009-06-21

Thanks, Rob!

Really appreciate that. I have already changed the attribution. Some of my most favorite photographs turn out to be by Enami. A nice surprise!

# Kjeld Duits · 2009-06-21

Just received this e-mail message from Rob Oechsle:

Hi Kjeld. Finally nailed the official Enami Catalog number for this Broom Seller print. No.584. After seeing it in several known Enami albums with the number trimmed off (and thus, making the Enami attribution only by repetitive association with other positively ID’d prints), it came as a welcome surprise to finally see it with Enami’s own 584 BASKET SELLER not trimmed off!

I notice that in my first comment left back in June 2009, I had only seen two Enami albums. Since then, during the last year and a half, I have seen a few more (bought two, and looked at another owned by someone else). However, the numbered version (finally!) I saw on line (not for sale, and in a collection attributed to Beato).

That’s it. Just thought you’s be interested in the 100% solid attribution for the old broom seller who’s looking right at you!

Thanks, Rob!

# Kjeld Duits · 2011-01-04

I have also seen a similar photo of a woman peddlar . . .
Does anyone know of it ?
This one is fabulous.

# Amy Katoh · 2012-05-03

Hi Amy! I don’t remember seeing a photo of a female broom peddler, but I do have a photo of a (very happy) female porter carrying a load of charcoal.

# Kjeld Duits · 2012-05-03

WHAT AN ORGANISED LIFE STYLE. I LIKE.

# LAJOS SZABO · 2012-09-04








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