Japanese Dolls in Western arms
A glimpse of the Japanese dolls that real children played with. On another page we present a special case: Shirley Temple and her Japanese dolls; and see the Babe Ruth photo.. Another page is devoted to some French "studio" photos including Japanese dolls, and yet another to Japanese dolls in literature, theater, and opera.
Picture from an 1874 French book of a child with an ichimatsu.
|Photo of doll collection
Large doll collection includes Japanese doll, also European
Oriental doll in "Chinese" dress.
|Photograph by Alexander Black, "A Large
Family of Small Children"
Photo illustrating an article "The Amateur Camera", St. Nicholas Magazine XIV (July 1887)
|Marjorie Gray Photo, 1887
This mounted photo was inscribed as a greeting card in
1887. Evidently Marjorie had been ill (her hair is cropped), but she has
a marvelous dollhouse and doll collection. In the corner behind her are
three blonde dollies and one good-sized Japanese doll.
|Mrs. Cassidy and Mary
photograph, ca. 1890, Japan
Sokuda photographer, Sizuoka Japan
Photograph, 1894, US
"To be a Japanese doll was not so difficult at the age of one as it
Kathleen Tamagawa was born in Chicago, her mother's home town; her father was Japanese, and when she was a teenager the family moved to Japan. Her autobigraphy is a fascinating reflection on race as "belonging"--fitting into a culture.
Photograph, 1901, US
7 young women pose in middy uniforms with two tiny ichimatsu dolls. Perhaps the dolls were mascots.
|Child with doll, 190-(?)
Photograph from a New Jersey studio.
|Baby with doll
photograph, 190-, US
Child posed holding a little ichimatsu as if she had been looking at
it. Perhaps it was her own or perhaps the photographer used it as a prop.
Postcard photograph, dated as a New Year's card, 1925
|Mother, child and doll
Photo postcard, 193-?
This is a photo that was made into a postcard but never sent. Presumably it is American. It seems likely, from the style of the doll and of the woman's dress, that it dates either from the 1930s or from the period of the Occupation (when it might have been made up to send to the person who had sent the doll to the baby).