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    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 :

    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 :

    For more on the photographer, see






    toshieokada, perkunas, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Tokis-Phoenix 116 months ago | reply

      Lovely photo, really nice :)

    2. CyboRoZ 105 months ago | reply

      thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures!

    3. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 105 months ago | reply

      You're welcome ! Hey, that 3-D with the kids is a nice one, isn't it ! Even I can't believe how nice some of these old Enami photos are.

    4. CyboRoZ 105 months ago | reply

      Do you have an idea of which kind of equipment did he (and his contemporaries) use?
      It isn't easy to sync stereopictures even with modern technology...
      I can't imagine how hard was to take synchronized stereopictures with just mechanic tools.

    5. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 105 months ago | reply

      Hi Cybo -- look at this pic :

      These perfectly synced cameras (and similar models from many makers) were available, and used in Japan by both the locals and westerners during the whole time ENAMI was doing his thing. problem ! (If you are lucky, you can still get old stereo cameras like this on ebay !)

    6. katyfernleigh 104 months ago | reply

      Yet again you show us an example of superb old colouring in this pair. Marvellous -I'm rather slow at going through your collection...

    7. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 104 months ago | reply

      Hi Katy --- Yeah, its a real beauty. I was lucky to find it in such great condition. You remind me that I should dig out the Underwood variant and post it along with this for comparison.

    8. bebemochi 102 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called You Can Wear Kimono!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      I love all the vintage photos you have... we'd love it if you'd join our group and add any pictures you have of average men and women wearing kimono. :)

    9. Harlow Escapee 102 months ago | reply

      Waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit a minute, these babies have no broken necks AND they're all awake! What gives?

      I love how everyone is sort of looking dull and listless and out from the back, on the right side, peeps a face of one of the girls that nearly shouts at you that she has spirit and chutzpah. There is even a break in the bodies so that she is actually more emphasized in location, as well as the playful, preciocious look on her face. I bet the stereoscope apparatus would make her truly 'pop out'. This is a clever photo, in my opinion.

    10. hippie_mama_michelle 89 months ago | reply

      Love it! And babywearing is 'cool' now too ;)

    11. dewi_morgan2 89 months ago | reply

      Crowds work so well in 3D!

    12. AlyssssylA 82 months ago | reply

      You should add this to this group:

      Neat photo.

    13. Shruti.Prasad 80 months ago | reply

      Love the bright colours!

    14. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 80 months ago | reply

      I think some of those colors are brighter than reality !

    15. MissHimiko 74 months ago | reply

      XD I was teh one who carried two babies and groceries!

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