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The Worst Journey in the World
Is it a production blog, or is it an illustrated descent into madness?

Those of you who have been following me for any length of time know that I’ve got a bit of an obsession for the Terra Nova Expedition, a.k.a. the Scott Expedition, a.k.a. the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13.  I have now set up a side Tumblr specifically for this project, on which I will post new drawings as they come, but also interesting things I find in the course of my research, exploration of the people and events, photographs old and new, process, and tidbits of my own adventures in the world of polar history – the sort of things I want to share, but don’t want to clutter up my art blog.  

If you’re curious about the story that has so enthralled me, want to know who these people are that you keep seeing in my sketchbook, or just want to stare at what happens when someone’s hobby comes to take over their life, then please follow worstjourney.tumblr.com and you will, I hope, be satisfied.

At the moment I’m mostly reposting old stuff in order to have it all in one place, but I aim to have new material a couple times a week, and as time goes on, more and more of it will be new.  Where are we going?  I don’t know!  But I hope you’ll come along with me.

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THE HORTICULTURAL GEISHA by Okinawa Soba

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<br />FIRST : Take one bowl half full of water. Add the recommended amounts Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, and Miracle-Gro. Stir in one-half teaspoon of &quot;Surf Side37&quot; Wetting Agent. Top it off with 3 drops of ZAP! Defoamer. Stir well.

NEXT : Take your Meiji-Madness Bamboo Syringe Sprayer, stick it in the bowl, and slowly pull up on the ring-topped plunger until the syringe is full.

FINALLY : Insert pointer finger in the little ring, and, starting on your right (while keeping the syringe 6 to 8 inches from the plant), continuously push down on the plunger while moving over the plant in a 180-degree arc, making sure that the spray mixture falls on all parts of the plant.

I love old pictures with little gadgets in them.

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TWO FANS – A Pretty Geisha Sits Between the Old and New by Okinawa Soba

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<br />Well folks, the photographer went to the trouble of putting two fans into the shot, and both of them are &quot;turned off&quot;.  It must have been a very nice day. 

The particular flat, stiff style of the fan-with-a-handle being held by the Geisha is called an UCHIWA. (The other fancy zig-zag kind that opens and closes like an accordion on a pin-hinge is called a SENSU)

As for the motorized fan on the left, it is possibly an import, and the photographer better keep kids away from it !

“………..The first American made fans, made from around the late 1890s to the early 1920s were very stylish. They had brass blades, a lot of them also had brass cages, and though they were built very well internally, they were far from finger safe, as a lot of them had cage openings so big that one could put an entire hand or arm right through it. Many children had hands and fingers severely injured by those fans…..”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_(mechanical)

In any case, and unusual early photograph from Japan showing both the “Old and new” ways of staying cool on a hot day (or night). Of course, most of you might only care about the pretty Geisha and her Kimono…..unless you are looking at this pic in a hot room during a heat wave.

Stay cool.

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YOUNG GEISHA WITH A MONA LISA SMILE – Content With Her Puppy Doll by Okinawa Soba

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<br />This is the sweet and subtle world between the often serious expressions of old Japan, and the rare but openly happy smiles and laughter seen in some of the less common portraits of our Meiji-era friends. And if the smiles of Meiji-era can be called rare when talking about old photographs, images such as above are even more so.

Here she is again…with that same smile ! www.flickr.com/photos/23912178@N08/2863188144/

Ca.1905. Photographer unknown.

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GEISHA WITH FLOWER LEANING ON A TABLE by Okinawa Soba

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<br />All tuckered out, but still happy and smiling.

Ca.1900-10 late Meiji-era photograph by an unknown Japanese photographer.

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TWO PUPS AND A PEACH – A Young Maiko and Her Little Friends by Okinawa Soba

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<br />Oh yeah, that's one happy smile.

Ca.1900-05 Meiji-era hand-colored photo by an unknown Japanese photographer

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GEISHA WITH LACE FALLING OFF HER SHOULDERS – by Okinawa Soba

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<br />Ca.1905-18 late Meiji-era or early Taisho-era &quot;Art Pose&quot; of a young Geisha is by an unknown photographer. The hint of nakedness under her gauzy lace balances perfectly with the mood of her expression.

Not standard for the time, it remains a nice portrait even after 100 years.

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LITTLE MISS SOBA NOODLE – Winner of the “Meiji Macaroni Madness All You Can Eat Contest” by Okinawa Soba

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<br />Two boxes down, ten to go !  (All of the other Maiko quite after a box and a half).

The little cup in her hand holds a tasty sauce (more like a broth) for dipping the noodles in. Not only does it add a delicious, addicting flavor to the noodles, it helps them slide right down to her tummy like worms on a water slide.

But the best thing about this little Japanese sweetie-pie is her cute little smile.

Another treat from old Japan.

[Hand-colored ca.1905 collotype image]

PS. Related Image HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2605478804/