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80129-0019 - Japanese Broom Vendor, 1890s

Broom Vendor

Artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Medium Albumen Print
Period Meiji
Location Outside
Image No. 80129-0019
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A street vendor carrying brooms (箒, houki) balanced on a carrying pole.

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.


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Duits, Kjeld (). 1890s: Broom Vendor, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 4, 2022 (GMT) from

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