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Japanese Postcard History

  • The craze for postcards arose in the early twentieth century. This sudden interest was due to the development of the postal service, the growth of the printing industry, and the appearance of shops specializing in the sale of cards. Explore a selection of historic, Japanese postcards from across the Museum’s collection.

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  • View of the Post Office in Kanda, Tokyo on the Day of the Sale of War Commemorative Post Cards

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1906
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kotsugakkan (Japanese), Printer Tokyo Printing Company (Tokyo insatsu kabushiki kaisha) (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1548

    Medium or Technique

    Collotype, color lithograph, letterpress; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Printing Culture Exhibition Advertisement

    Insatsu bunka tenrankai senden

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Printed by Fujii kaishin do

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1550

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Ministry of Communications Building in 1871

    Meiji yonen no ekitei kyoku

    Japanese
    Taishô era
    1921
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1552

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; collotype; embossing; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Emperor Taisho and Noda Utaro, Minister of Communications

    Japanese
    Taisho era
    1921
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1554

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph, collotype and embossing; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Emperor Meiji and Maejima Hisoka, Minister of Communications

    Japanese
    Taisho era
    1921
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1555

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph, collotype and embossing; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Japanese Postal Service

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1905
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1556

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Client in a Print Shop from Ehagaki sekai

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1908
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kokkei shinbun sha (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1667

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Record of New Artists in the Meiji Era from Ehagaki Sekai

    Meiji shingaka inpu

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1909
    Komeno Hakusui (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese), Publisher Kokkei shinbun sha (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 14 x 10.5 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1671

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Woman Viewing Postcards in an Album

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    cancelled 1906
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kubota (of Kanda in Tokyo)

    Description

    Provenance

    By May 2003 to Leonard A. Lauder, New York, New York; September, 2003 given by Leonard A. Lauder to MFA

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (h x w): 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2003.642

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

    More Info

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