SWIMSUIT GIRLS of OLD JAPAN
This Set contains photos of mostly GEISHA and MAIKO Posing as Bathing Beauties During the Meiji and Taisho eras of Old Japan.

For most of the images, the identity of the photographers and models remain UNKNOWN -- a situation common to all categories of old Japanese postcards.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO RE-BLOG THE IMAGES (linked back according to Flickr rules), OR USE CREATIVELY FOR ANY MIX n MATCH OF YOUR OWN DESIGN AND IMAGINATION.

For those sincerely not aware that modeling for the photographer in "out of character" poses and dress was a legitimate part of a true GEISHA'S life, please read the captions appearing HERE :

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3329199977/

And HERE :

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2802613366/in/set-7215...

A pretty girl in a bathing suit is something most people don't mind looking at. For those that like pictures of old Japan, but want a short break from looking at Geisha dressed in Kimono, these are for you !

Different, surprising, and even nice, this Flickr set of 53 photographs show Meiji-era MAIKO and GEISHA [GEIKO] stripped of their normal Kimono, and posing in the old Bathing Suit fashions of the day. They are random selections from a set of over 200 sitting around here somewhere.

Many of these are nice, and I also have lots that are better. Yeah, I know...I should post a few more. In the meantime, please suffer with these 50.

Last year, I decided to scan some of them. I got tired of monkeying with the scanner when it began not cooperating with me, so quit with what you see. I will add more when I have time...someday.


Please excuse the spots, specks, and wear of time on most of them. Only a few have had some basic touch-up. Any gross saturation of colors you see is as it was applied 100 years ago.

Although I describe this set as MEIJI-ERA (and many/most are), there are several taken in the early years of TAISHO. However, the fashions of late Meiji were the same as the first years of Taisho.

NOTE : MOST OF THE PHOTOS ARE NOT RETOUCHED. That is to say THE SPOTS AND DINGS OF TIME HAVE NOT BEEN REMOVED.

Further, ALL COLORS ARE OLD AND ORIGINAL, APPLIED OVER 100 YEARS AGO BY JAPANESE COLORISTS AT THE TIME THEY WERE PUBLISHED. The colors were mostly applied by hand through STENCILS, with some having a bit of FREE-HAND brush work.

Many of you gals on Flickr who are totally into the MAIKO - GEIKO thing will probably be able to guess (by their apparent ages) just WHO the photographers were hiring for any particular picture here.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the set. I already have my favorites.

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