The young Japanese boy who is the subject of this studio portrait appears attentive and serious, which is an appropriate mood for what may be a photo commemorating his entrance into a particular school or grade level. The boy also shows evident pride in wearing his brand new school uniform. Education has always been very important to the Japanese and this boy would have been keenly aware of his family’s happiness and approval as they took him to the photographer’s studio to have this picture taken. This original old photograph is in fair to good condition with some scratches, fading and discoloration. The photo appears to have been previously mounted in an album as there is some torn paper from the album stuck to the back of the photo. The photo dates from the early to mid 20th century and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Size of photographic image*:
Height: 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters)
Width: 2.1 inches (5.3 centimeters)
*excluding any mounting or border
To the best of our knowledge the photographic image offered with this listing is an original print and not a later duplication. Age estimates as well as descriptions of the people and events occurring in the image are based on available information such as settings and activities depicted in the image as well as our experience with Japanese culture. All photographs purchased from us are carefully sealed in plastic and shipped in a box instead of an envelope to prevent damage during transit.
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item code: R3S5B2A10-0004308
category code: furuishashin
ship code: L1650