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    Setting offerings

    This woman is adding more offerings to this collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 114, Tibetan Beauties.
    Thorp Collection 114, Tibetan Beauties.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Twenties Ladies

    The bolder Japanese women of the 1920s imitated the dress of their Western sisters.

  • Thumbnail for Pedestrian Fashion 2
    Pedestrian Fashion 2

    An excerpt from Lee Magazine shows fashion-wise Japanese ladies in their natural habitats.

  • Thumbnail for Emancipated Woman
    Emancipated Woman

    This photo of a Japanese woman shows how the trendy went for Victorian feathers and flowers, bustles, and bows.

  • Thumbnail for Pink embroidered garment - back view
    Pink embroidered garment - back view

    This view shows how the textile artist conceptualized of the embroidery as flowing around the woman's figure. It also highlights how the garment is one continuous piece of silk wrapped around, rather than pieced together as much modern clothing is today.

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    Manchu shoe - side view

    Image of a Manchu woman's shoe, showing "platform" heel that also made movement somewhat difficult for women, but did not entail the pain of the Chinese footbinding practice.

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    Dinner in Chinatown

    A group eats food from a street vendor.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 163, Weaving Nets Yichang.
    Thorp Collection 163, Weaving Nets Yichang.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Japanese Women Practicing Firing Rifles

    These women are learning how to fire rifles in an effort to help the Japanese fight during WWII.

  • Thumbnail for Gambling Mamas
    Gambling Mamas

    Pachinko, a Japanese cousin of the American slot machine, has a wide appeal. The pachinko machines of today are much flashier than the ones shown here from the 60's.

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    Prim and Proper

    The kimono survived the 1920s, which the conservative Japanese described as a shocking era of extremes and nonsense.

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    Window Display

    Shopping for "company" was made easy in Japan. The 1872 ban on prostitution didn't work. It was hastily revoked, and prostitution was only banned again after World War II.

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    Manchu shoe - top view

    Embroidered shoe worn by a female member of the Manchu ethnicity during the Qing era. As a rule, Manchu women did not bind their feet.

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    Sleeve end

    Portion of a woman's robe showing silk embroidered pommegranites, the fruit popularly referred to as "buddha hands", vases filled with peonies and peaches in bowls.

  • Thumbnail for Small Purse
    Small Purse

    Embroidered purse of about 3 inches square sowing images of butterflies and peonies. Given the subject matter of the images, it was probably used by a woman.

  • Thumbnail for Magazines in bookstore section of a super-store
    Magazines in bookstore section of a super-store

    This section of the magazine rack in a new super-store features offerings for female adolescents. Interestingly, a number of the titles are in English, including magazines titled, Wink Up, Kitty Goods, and Ego system. The color schemes employed in the magazine covers are interesting, also, as reflections of colors seen elsewhere in contemporary Japanese culture.

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    Makeovers

    Four women got new hair-cuts in January's issue of "Lee".

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    Miss Universe, Kojima Akiko

    Kojima Akiko was crowned Miss Universe 1960. The first Japanese woman to hold that title.

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    Himesama Dohchuu Parade Preparation

    Two girls wait to have their makeup applied prior to the Himesama Dohchuu parade. Himesama Dohchuu. April, 1998.

  • Thumbnail for Diamond Dolls Japanese Baseball Team
    Diamond Dolls Japanese Baseball Team

    Baseball teams organized in 1950 for women was one of the many by-products of the American occupation of Japan.

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    Traditional loom

    This is a traditional loom located within the Korean folk village. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Red Bridal Outfit

    This garment would be worn at a wedding, and carries the auspicious 'double happiness' character in the center. Red is common for wedding gowns in China historically since it is considered a lucky color.

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    Pink embroidered garment - detail

    Detail shows the fine needlework and variation of color utilized to create a sense of depth in the flowers on this garment.

  • Thumbnail for Small black shoes
    Small black shoes

    Shoes for bound feet approximately 3 inches in length.