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postcard / photographic print

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    Seventeen picture postcards with scenes of life in the prewar Imperial Japanese navy:
    1. ‘Tags for relief from duties’ 休業札(Kyūgyō-fuda)
    2. ‘Laundry’ 洗濯 (Sentaku)
    3. ‘Sword practice’ 撃剣 (Gekiken)
    4. ‘Division inspection’ 分隊点検 (Buntai tenken)
    5. ‘Physical examination’ 身体検査 (Shintai kensa)
    6. ‘Landing forces’ 陸戦隊 (Rikusentai)
    7. ‘Rat-catching’ 鼠取り (Nezumi-tori)
    8. ‘Wrestling’ 角力 (Sumō)
    9. ‘Servicing the cannon’ 大砲手入 (Taihō te-ire)
    10. ‘Bathing in sail-cloth’ 帆布入浴 (Hofu nyūyoku)
    11. ‘Loading coal onboard’ 石炭搭載 (Sekitan tōsai)
    12. Talent show’ 演芸会 (Engeikai)
    13. ‘Patrol on the first night’ 初夜巡検 (Shoya junken)
    14. ‘Signalling’ 信号 (Shingō)
    15. ‘Diving operations’ 潜水作業 (Sensui sagyō)
    16. ‘Getting up’ 起床 (Kishō)
    17. ‘Fine box’ 罰金箱 (Bakkin-bako)


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    • 1930s
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.2 centimetres (each approx.)
    • Width: 14.1 centimetres (each approx.)
  • Curator's comments

    This is an unusually large group of postcards of navy life, in good condition. They show life from the perspective of ordinary sailors, in a more light-hearted vein than other forms of official propaganda. Notwithstanding, each of the cards has ‘Military Post’ (Gunji yūbin 軍事郵便) on the verso. (T. Clark, 11/2011)


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  • Acquisition notes

    Credit Line: Purchase funded by the JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund

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