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The Birth of the Modern

12/15/05 04:52 pm - papajoemambo - One more time, for Auld Lang's Syne

"The 30 Days of Christmas" , "The Stuff I Find At Work" Dept. and the "Hit Me Baby- One More Time" Dept. all proudly present:

The matrons were shocked as Jack endulged himself electricly upon Emily...

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Even more to follow, folks!

10/13/05 03:46 pm - papajoemambo - And a desktop wallpaper image, in time for the season...

"The Stuff I Find At Work" Dept.:

Rupert was almost as angry as he was afraid - but D____ it, the business dinner was full on, and Lord Williamsham had stringently promised after their last altercation to keep his social events to when his family was out of the house. Now all eleven were drunkenly singing a chorus of "The Beggar's Chorus' in full 5 part round as well!

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Much spectral joviality lies beneath...Collapse )

And because I like you all, here's the print as a 1024x768 desktop wallpaper image.

Post-tober Fest continues apace - despite some weekend faltering...

6/11/05 05:22 pm - papajoemambo

Thanks to the lovely and talented pvcdiva for introducing me to this group...

"The Stuff I Find At Work" Dept.:

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Fashions from 1906 in detail, under the cut...Collapse )

6/5/05 01:56 pm - violetamber

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Exhibit and Lecture Announcement

Exhibit: The Birth of Modern Industrial Society in Japan

Exhibition co-presented by The Shibusawa Memorial Museum, Tokyo &
the Japan Foundation, Toronto

June 13 - July 29, 2005
131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213
Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Thur.: 11:30 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Open Saturday, July 9: 1:00 -5:00 P.M.
Closed other Saturdays, Sundays and July 1&18
Admission Free, www.japanfoundationcanada.org

Freed from over 260 years of isolation, Japan was suddenly flooded by Western civilization and the Industrial Revolution into every single corner of the nation’s lives.

In the late 19th century what was most fashionable was anything IMPORTED. A common scene might be a gentleman in Kimono wearing a top hat or elegant Japanese maidens in Victorian dress strolling Ginza Street and its new brick buildings under the radiance of the gaslights.

Threatened by the invasion of the Western powers, the Japanese government in haste tried to establish economic and military enhancement of the country. Modernizing, westernizing, being patriotic, democratic, progressive or ambitious; these concepts were all mixed up in the confusion of rapid change. But it was also a time when the country was so youthful and vital.

One of the most dynamic encounters of East & West in human history was recorded in the collection of Shibusawa Memorial Museum, Tokyo. In this exhibition there are over 70 UKIYOE items; full-colour prints made from multiple wood-cut blocks, photographed and enlarged up to 103 X 72.8 cm. In these grand snapshots of the time you will discover the trendy urban life of sumptuous chaos.

Lecture: Envisioning “Civilization and Enlightenment”:
Japanese Prints at the Dawn of the Modern Nation-State
by Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University

Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The Japan Foundation Event Hall
131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213
6:30 - 8:30 PM
free admission
RSVP Required
t. 416-966-1600 ext. 400 or

Gennifer Weisenfeld is Associate Professor of Art History at Duke University and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her main field of research is nineteenth-and twentieth-century Japanese visual culture, particularly the impact of Japan’s modern socio-political transformations on artistic production and practice. Her book Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (University of California Press, 2002) addresses the relationship between high art and mass culture in the aesthetic politics of the avant-garde in 1920s Japan. Dr. Weisenfeld will provide an overview of the prints exhibited in “The Birth of Modern Industrial Society in Japan” on display at the Japan Foundation, Toronto from June 13 - July 29, 2005.

5/22/05 09:07 pm - urgent_alchemy

Today I scanned in images of a pamphlet (1850-1910?) that I found tucked inside of an old book. Scans of the book itself and the pamphlet can be found here.

4/26/05 07:17 pm - jellything

4/23/05 06:08 pm - magmachan

i went to the flea market a while back, and bought a cool patch :D

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the Triple Alliance from WWI <3333 it is so cool XD i just thought it was a fun bit of propoganda-like-ness ^^

and some community pimping...


come join! :D

4/21/05 10:27 pm - prettymonsters - Xavier Sager postcards

more under the cut...

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4/15/05 06:50 pm - jellything - fashionable ladies

3/26/05 08:47 pm - violetamber

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