1900-1903. View number S-763 from Enami's 3-D Catalog.
The above view, as well as its hand-applied colors, are both over 100 years old.
LARGER SIZES seen here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2311932176/sizes/l/
This image is FREE TO DOWNLOAD and RE-BLOG, along with all the rest of my old photo collection posted here. Thanks in advance for proper collection credit and links.
During the Meiji-era, the popularity of this view and it's variants was amazing. Publishers all over the world used it as both 3-D and 2-D items including postcards, book illustrations, and lantern-slides.
It also appeared in the internationally published encyclopedia PEOPLES OF ALL NATIONS as a full-page print :
Enami personally liked the above version, showing the center-front girl looking off to your left in a side pose. However, half of the foreign publishers that used images from this session liked the center-front girl turned and smiling into the camera.
The smiling version was also chosen by Underwood & Underwood for the #3 spot in their popular 100-view 3-D image set of JAPAN, published in 1904. See it here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3339248497/
For more on the photographer, 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/