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Vintage Geisha Postcards

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Flickr is a wealth of beautiful and unusual images. These vintage photographs of geisha (most of them postcards) are from Okinawa Soba’s photostream. These images are truly mesmerizing to me; there’s something about the history of these sepia toned images which makes me instantly nostalgic. Enjoy.


5 Responses to this post
  1. Posted on August 31, 2011 by Maria

    Hello, these are beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing

  2. Posted on February 19, 2014 by toby

    Hello! Very beautiful, if I have a way to buy, thank you!

  3. Posted on March 8, 2014 by william

    hi me and my girlfriend are just looking at these and thinking how beautiful they are, we were wondering how you – or if you knew how they were done. It looks like film photography with ink washes? or have they been digitally edited or edited with filters. Thank you for sharing them though, they are stunning images…

  4. Posted on September 23, 2014 by Rob Oechsle

    The photos are from a variety of formats, including old postcards. large mounted albumen prints, and glass slides. No film was used. They were all taken using glass negatives, which were contact printed on the paper (or, in the case of the lantern slides, onto another piece of glass) during the day, using the sun as the light source. When originally made, they were all black-and-white. Probably within a matter of days, they were all colored by artists using brushes (some as fine as only one or two hairs). The colors were usually transparent dyes and thin pigments. However, some very strong opaque pigments were occasionally used (usually red). The only digital editing done on all of these photos (and only to some of them) is standard “spot removal” to clean up dust spots, emulsion tears, or foxing. The colors, however, are just as you see them, hand-applied over 100 years ago.

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