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A Tourist's Album of Japan

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Katherine Wolcott and her uncle, Robert Hull Fleming, compiled this photo album on their visit to Japan in 1909. Part of a larger Asian trip, the two stopped in Japan and collected photos, postcards, bookmarks, and other materials. Fleming was a graduate of the University of Vermont, and in 1929 Katherine Wolcott helped to fund the construction of the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in memory of her late uncle. This album, a memento from their trip, was part of Wolcott’s own collection.

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Time Period Covered: 1909 

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Published:  February 01, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   A bridge spanning a small river in the Japanese countryside

Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

Date:  1909

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   photomechanical prints

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    Title:   A charm to protect against fire

    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

    Date:  1909

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   photomechanical prints

    The charm was created to protect the bearer from fire. On the marker, it says Jadaiji temple, which may be the Jindaiji temple in Tokyo.

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      Title:   A group of female performers

      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

      Date:  1909

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   photomechanical prints

      The woman on the right is holding a Shamisen, while the other women strike poses.

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        Title:   A group of monks under a large Buddhist statue

        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

        Date:  1909

        Resource type:   photographs

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          Title:   A group of travelers on the Japanese coast

          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

          Date:  1909

          Resource type:   photographs

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          A group of five people and a horse appear to be traveling along the coast. A small town lies in the background.

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            Title:   A hotel in the Japanese countryside

            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

            Date:  1909

            Resource type:   photographs

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            In the upper left hand section of the picture, there is a black X inscribed on the picture. This was probably done by the original collector to identify which room (s)he stayed in.

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              Title:   A husband and wife dining

              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

              Date:  1909

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                Title:   A lantern maker and his family plying their trade

                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                Date:  1909

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                  Title:   A large house in the countryside

                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                  Date:  1909

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                    Title:   A man and five women dining

                    Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                    Date:  1909

                    Resource type:   photographs

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                    The gathered group of people appear to be eating either Udon or Soba noodles. The gender ratio is somewhat perplexing, but can most likely be attributed to the artificial nature of the picture.

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                      Title:   A man carrying his goods to a shop

                      Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                      Date:  1909

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                      The man has a large variety of goods strapped to his cart. There are hand woven baskets as well as wooden containers and ladles.

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                        Title:   A man paying homage to two Buddhist statues

                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                        Date:  1909

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                          Title:   A pond full of fish

                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                          Date:  1909

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                            Title:   A portrait of a young woman

                            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                            Date:  1909

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                              Title:   A public park

                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                              Date:  1909

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                              What appears to be the entrance to a public park. If you look closely, you can detect the mixing of cultures. Some men wear the traditional robe, but also don a western hat.

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                                Title:   A river flowing in a valley in the countryside

                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                Date:  1909

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                                In the background you can barely see a road curving through the valley, supposedly behind at Miyanoshita.

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                                  Title:   A river in the countryside

                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                  Date:  1909

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                                    Title:   A riverboat with passengers

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                                    Date:  1909

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                                      Title:   A riverboat with passengers and workers

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                                        Title:   A rural Samurai

                                        Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                        Date:  1909

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                                        The Samurai in this picture is wearing a straw raincoat in addition to his swords and clothing.

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                                          Title:   A view of Yokohama

                                          Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                          Date:  1909

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                                            Title:   Album of Japanese Photographs

                                            Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                            Date:  1909

                                            Resource type:   photograph albums

                                            Katherine Wolcott and her uncle, Robert Hull Fleming, compiled this photo album on their visit to Japan in 1909. Part of a larger Asian trip, the two stopped in Japan and collected photos, postcards, bookmarks, and other materials. Fleming was a graduate of the University of Vermont, and in 1929 Katherine Wolcott helped to fund the construction of the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in memory of her late uncle. This album, a memento from their trip, was part of Wolcott’s own collection.

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                                              Title:   An elderly man getting his hair styled

                                              Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                              Date:  1909

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                                              It looks as if the man is getting his hair pulled back into the traditional Samurai hairstyle of the top knot (Chonmage).

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                                                Title:   An estate in the Japanese countryside

                                                Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                Date:  1909

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                                                  Title:   An umbrella street vendor

                                                  Creator:  Wolcott, Katherine

                                                  Date:  1909

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                                                  The woman is either repairing or crafting a series of umbrellas.

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