Collection Number: 12025-z

Collection Title: Commemorative Japanese Military and Imperial Propaganda Postcards, circa 1905-1935

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Size 80 items
Abstract The collection contains illustrated postcards created in Japan between 1905 and 1935. Photomechanical reproductions, drawings, maps, and other graphics depict Emperor Meiji, Emperor Taishō, Emperor Hirohito, the imperial family, imperial palaces, the Japanese navy, the admiralty, war ships, the Japanese army and cavalry, dirigibles and airplanes, including biplanes, hydroplanes, and fighter planes, and Japan’s war flag and navy ensign. Also pictured are naval victories, naval ports and harbors including Hyogo Harbor, the annexation of Korea, shipping route to Europe, the imperial court, Japanese theater, and samurai. Many postcards appear to venerate the emperors and admiralty and glorify Japanese military victories during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and the First World War (1914-1918).
Language Japanese
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Commemorative Japanese Military and Imperial Propaganda Postcards #12025-z, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased in June 2017 from F.A. Bernett with the Bowman Gray Fund (Acc. 103178).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The postcards were created in imperial Japan, during the reigns of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912), Emperor Taishō (1879-1926), and Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989). The illustrations show the expansion of the Japanese empire in Asia during the first third of twentieth century and military victories, particularly against Russia during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905).

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The collection contains illustrated postcards created in Japan between 1905 and 1935. Photomechanical reproductions, drawings, maps, and other graphics depict Emperor Meiji, Emperor Hirohito, the imperial family, imperial palaces, the Japanese navy, the admiralty, war ships, the Japanese army and cavalry, dirigibles and airplanes, including biplanes, hydroplanes, and fighter planes, and Japan’s war flag and navy ensign. Also pictured are naval victories, naval ports and harbors including Hyogo Harbor, the annexation of Korea, shipping route to Europe, the imperial court, Japanese theater, and samurai. Many postcards appear to venerate the emperors and admiralty and glorify Japanese military victories during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and the First World War (1914-1918).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Laura Hart, May 2018

Encoded by: Laura Hart, May 2018

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