100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Of Pre-War Japan

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Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

Postcards can offer a fascinating glimpse into eras that have long since passed. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. Comprising hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions—and the culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity. Many of the photographs are dated from the years 1907 through 1922.

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Yushukwan in Yasukuni Temple Tokyo

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Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo

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Nihonbashi dori Tokyo

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A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo)

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High lantern of Sumiyoshi, Osaka

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Theatre Street, Yokohama

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Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka

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Sacred bridge, Nikko

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Bronze torii & Yohmeimon Gate, Nikko

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The pagoda of Toshogu, Nikko

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Rice plantation

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Akasaka, Tokyo

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Matsushima Inland Sea (Three View)

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Daibutsu, Bronzu Image at Kamakura

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View of Kakehashi, Kisogawa River at Nakasendo

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Shiraitono-Taki (A Waterfall) near Fuji Mountain

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Kind of Rope Dancing

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Waterfall of Riuzu, Nikko

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Matsushima, Inland Sea (Three View in Japan)

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Fujiyama, from Otometoge

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Suwa Lake from Shiwojiri Pass, Nakasendo

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Gongen Road Hakone

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