EIRYU – QUEEN of the POSTCARD GEISHAS (1) by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Judging by the amount of photographs and postcards found today that depict this young Meiji-era Geisha, she rivaled all others for popularity.

The sampling of postcard images in this EIRYU Set are all from postcards about 100 years old or more, and represent only a few of the many that may be found.


Most are hand colored collotype prints, but a few are gelatin silver prints.

Although other Maiko and Geisha might have been more famous, it is hard to beat the photographs of EIRYU for getting a wider variety of poses, Kimonos, and props.

22 of these just posted to a NEW SET + one added from elsewhere on the photostream. This will take us through the weekend.

Enjoy !

PS. Want to know what EIRYU and all of her friends and “sisters” did as a real Geisha ? Read this, and feel a bit closer to her and all the other girls : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2802613366/

Ca.1908-12 hand-colored collotype print.