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"Girls are always changing clothes"

Actually you uneducated worm, girls used to have to do that back in the ol’ days. The reasoning is that during their periods, they didn’t have the resources to find wool or cloth as an absorbant for the blood, so they’d just have to let it soak their beautiful gown :,( and after each gown was deamed uncomfortable and/or unpresentable, they would change.
Like imagine that, you’re going to your quinceañera and your pantyhose just starts feeling really gross so u grAB ANOTHER GOWN Out of ur heckin??? Purse??? And change into it like wth how badass is that


WISTERIA MADNESS – Three Geisha Relax Over a Pond, Under a Roof Hemmed With Purple Drapes by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Another nice 1890s large-format Salt Print by and unknown Japanese photographer. Due to the paper having no emulsion coating or baryta layer, the transparent water colors (or dyes) saturated directly into the fibers of the paper when they were applied as you see them over 100 years ago.

Here’s some MORE old and beautiful Wisteria shots in case you missed them :


Watanabe Nobukazu - A Picture of a High-Ranking Marriage Ceremony - 1900 - Tacoma Art Museum by Marshall Astor

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />From the permanent collection of the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA.

THE MACARONI MAIDENS OF OLD JAPAN – or, How Four Geisha Put Away a Ton of Soba Noodles by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />This is another large-format Salt Print from the 1890s.  Looks better on black.

Photo attributed to the younger SHINICHI SUZUKI whose studio went out of business in 1896.

The “ALL SIZES” button will show you that the colorists were in a hurry to get home, as the tinting is not as fine as on most of the other Salt Prints in my posts. In fact, it’s a bit sloppy.

However, if you can get that technicality out of your mind, there is a lot to enjoy in this old image….especially more Soba than you can shake a stick at….er, chop sticks, that is !

Although I am not a big fan of the Japanese Soba shown in this photograph, my wife and kids sure are, and they would be drooling if they saw this pic !

As for me, it’s OKINAWA SOBA or BUST !

PS. Related old Soba-eating Image HERE :


SHOW ME THE OBI !!! – Four Pretty Geisha Girls Turn Their Backs on the Photographer by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Another 1890s Hand-colored SALT PRINT. You can compare print quality and the hand-tined color scheme with the same image found as an ALBUMEN PRINT here : <a href=""></a> 

Variations of this arrangement were taken by many photographers during the Meiji era. What are those crossed suspenders doing over the Obi’s ? Are they wearing Bar-B-Q aprons on the other side ??? Nope. Flickr member MOEFN has checked in to say, “The suspenders as called TASUKI, and they hold their sleeves out of the way while the Geisha work”. And yes, Geisha really do work.

To the uninitiated Westerner, the old Geisha hairstyles often appear the same at first glance. However, this is not the case, and here we can see THREE basic hairstyles on the four girls. Flickr member KUMIYANAGI has identified them (left to right) as SHIMADA, MARUMAGE, SHIMADA (again), and ICHOGAESHI. I assume that there were even more kinds of hair-do at any given time.

In my opinion, flickr member MEIGIKU has an even better variant version of the above photo – different girls on a different day, but with a small child added to the line-up. Go see it here: as well as many other great old photos of the Geisha and Maiko she has posted from old Japan.

betterbemeta replied to your post: I’ve been preparing for a Ye Olde SCA campout this…

‘its a little difficult to make period clothing without a paper pattern (simple technology) but I solved this problem by using a computer 3d modeling program (advanced technology)’ the future is wild i love it

my ancestors could do the same exact thing without a computer crutch, and I feel mildly defeated the entire time I’m doing this.

It’s amazing how many medieval patterns are intricately cut from perfectly rectangular pieces of fabric. I always loved geometry.


WHISPERING GEISHA SNUB A FRIEND – Three’s A Crowd in Old Japan by Okinawa Soba


WISTERIA MADNESS – A Creeping Curtain of Purple Flowers Descends on Three Lovely Geisha by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Another nice 1890s large-format Salt Print by an unknown Japanese photographer. Due to the paper having no emulsion coating or baryta layer, the transparent water colors saturated directly into the fibers of the paper when they were applied as you see them over 100 years ago.

Here’s some MORE old and beautiful Wisteria shots in case you missed them :


SHOW ME THE OBI – Two Lovely Geisha on a Garden Bridge in Hikone, Near Kyoto by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Not Hakone...... HIKONE !  Genkyu-en Garden 玄宮園

This is a large-format 1890s Salt Print, and shows the same two girls on the same day as seen in THIS print :…

They appear to be wearing some mysterious fabric supplied by extra-terrestrials that changes color from picture to picture…. Another theory is that the colorists got bored with painting the same old colors on these girls over and over again, and decided to get a little creative with their artistic imagination.

In any case, what a beautiful OBI (again) on the girl to the right.


THE HORIKIRI IRIS GARDEN OF TOKYO – A Pretty Scene in Old Meiji-Era Japan by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />This is a large-format Salt Print from the 1890s, and similar scenes are common on all sizes and image formats of that time. The garden is still here today.

For a quick slew of MODERN STILL PICS, and how the environment surrounding the present gardens now looks, see :…

For 7 minutes of sights and sounds and MOTION, as well as a good historical overview, click here for a modern YouTube look at the place :


THREE WOMEN ON THE OLD CLIFF ROAD OF NEGISHI – A Meiji-Era Scene Near Old Yokohama Japan by Okinawa Soba

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />This ca.1890s large-format, hand-colored Salt Print is taken on the cliff road just above the small village of Negishi, where the mouth of Yokohama's old southern river-canal empties into what foreigners used to call &quot;Mississippi Bay&quot; -- named after one of Commodore Perry's &quot;Black Ships&quot; that sailed (and steamed) into these waters in 1854.  The village roofs are seen over the grasses on the right side of the image.

If the photographer moves his camera to the edge of the road, you can see the village below more clearly, as in this old image :…

The Distant Cliffs that resemble in spirit the “White Cliffs of Dover” are the same landmarks seen in the background of some 1890s T. ENAMI views such as the two below – both taken on the tidal flats at the far point of the cliffs.

and also

as well as may other similar views of the period. The old Japanese name for that promentory was “Honmoku Misaki” or Cape Honmoku. The ocean in front of the village and cliffs was almost dry every day at low tide, allowing ENAMI to get the shell-picking photographs seen here

and here

as well as in old photographs by other photographers showing the same subject.

It looks like we are nowhere near Yokohama, but the Studios of KIMBEI, TAMAMURA, FARSARI, ENAMI, and others active at the time this picture was taken, were only a couple of miles away on your left….just over the hill. In fact, the famous “BLUFF” where many foreigners made their homes (it had a great view of downtown Yokohama), and the even more-famous “100 Steps” going up its side, is the NORTH SIDE of this broad prominence – the SOUTH SIDE being what you see here.

About 200 yards to your back (in the direction these women ar walking), the road takes a bend. If you climb up on one of the buildings there (like i did), this is what you will see TODAY, over 110 years after the old photos above were taken…..

Today I touched a map drawn by John Laurens.

I can die happy.