GEISHA AND MAIKO on a SHADED VERANDA in OLD JAPAN
After over two years and 6,500 views, on 22 May 2010 the top stereoview of two Geisha was joined by a new stereoview underneath it --- a variant image taken during the same photo session.
GaiaVedai points out in the comments below that these look like the same two girls who have just switched positions, and I agree. Of course, the colorists took liberties with brush, and the colors might make a less observant viewer (like me) think that another Geisha or Maiko traded out for the different poses. Thanks again, Gaia.
JOHN F. DUFF ?
The bottom image was one of many hand-colored views made by Enami for an Australian merchant who had businesses in Yokohama and Kobe. Mr. Duff either sold them out of his stores or offices in Japan, or had them sent as premiums to his customers back in Australia. It is quite possible that he did both.
This same Mr. Duff was sued (and lost) in a case that accused him of exporting several tons of bad and rotten Japanese onions to the importer waiting in Australia. No one ever accused him of sending low-grade stereoviews to Australia, though !
As is evident in the above pairing which was scanned together at the same time, Enami provided the same quality to others distributing his images as he did for the views that were sold directly out of his studio.
It is hard to find stereoviews by other Japanese publishers whose compositions, coloring, and basic production values exceeded that of Enami.
To appreciate the well-done hand coloring of the images, please CLICK HERE : ♥ www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/2311104155/sizes/o/
From a Sample Set of Classic Meiji and Taisho-era Japan Stereoview and Lantern-Slide images by Japanese Photographer T. ENAMI (1859-1929). See www.t-enami.org
SEE MORE OF ENAMI'S CLASSIC IMAGES IN THIS FLICKr COLLECTION : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...
RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/