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Life in Japan in 1910

The University of Victoria Libraries collection consists of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, stone carvers, wood carvers, metal workers, potters, and artists. These "Yokohama photographs" were sold to foreign tourists between about 1868 and 1912, before cameras and postcards were generally available.
Herbert Geddes was a manager for G.R. Gregg and Company, importers and exporters, in Vancouver and Winnipeg. He was sent to Japan and was based in Yokohama between 1908 and 1918. Geddes was manager for Gregg and Company in Vancouver until the mid-1950s. He willed the glass slides to his nephew D. Boyce Geddes.
Two women in traditional dress posing outside house in tiny ornamental garden.
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Reeling Silk in Large Skeins

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People in traditional attire and men in uniforms standing outside building with gilt trim.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Potter making vase on wheel.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Three deer standing on road in (cemetery) garden; large flowering cherry trees, evergreens and stone monuments.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man using handsaw on tree trunk.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man carving ivory statue of mother and child.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two boats with cloth canopies being rowed along river; wooded mountain on one side; rushing water in foreground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People on street in traditional dress outside building decorated with large banners, lanterns and signs.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People in traditional attire in park.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Rice being poured into a wooden mechanical hopper.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man painting shells.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Men preparing for sumo wrestling outdoors.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Road, sidewalk, pavement; stone walls and bridge, lamp standards; buildings and trees in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

River with manmade embankment and road on one side; line of buildings along embankment; forest on other side of river, town and mountains in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Curved stone bridge in rural area.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Japanese cherry trees in blossom on grassy bank beside waterways; people strolling under trees; docks and boats with people.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Taking Silk From Cocoons

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Woman separating rice from chaff with steel comb.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Unidentified building with some yellow roofs with pond and trees (including flowering plum trees)

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Rural women in local attire carrying large baskets on their backs.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Hatching of Silk-Worm Eggs

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two people in costume posing in front of painted backdrop - one in grass coat and hat, carrying farm implement over shoulder and holding vegetables; the other, a woman in a blue dress with a red (over mantel), legs bare to the knees, wearing a white kerch

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Men trimming edge of a plank.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two women in traditional dress posing outside house in tiny ornamental garden.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Machine-weaving in factory.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Eight young women in Kimonos, four in wooden boat on water, four on bank beside boat, two of them holding open parasols.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

High stone embankments above river; line of trees on top of each embankments; tall building with temple roofs on one side; another building hidden behind trees on other side.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man in local attire with loaded packhorses.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Old woman with raised grinding stone; two little girls carrying babies on their backs looking on.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Women harvesting rice.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Woman in traditional dress holding open parasol and carrying baby on her back.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Temple and houses on hill over valley filled with trees.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two men landing boat on beach.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

River in mountains; raised bank with houses on one side; Japanese children on side of river.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two boys using drill press.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Tea implements in centre of richly furnished room.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Group of women and one man watching young woman working on large embroidery.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Potter at work on lion figure.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Series of red wooden gateways; stone animals on pedestals between first and second gateway.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Japanese people in local attire hiking through mountains.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Women planting rice.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two boats on river, a passenger boat being poled and a fishing boat filled with lidded open work baskets.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People in boats on waterways through rice fields; snow-covered mountain in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Tinsmith at work.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two women winnowing rice and man pounding rice flour.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Group of deer feeding on lawn in wooded garden; stone monuments and summer house in mid-ground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two (priests?) outside shrine.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Curved red wooden bridge over river; forest in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Houses along bank of boulder-strewn river; wooden bridge across river; stone embankment below houses; laundry hanging at edge of embankment.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Snow-covered mountain (Mt. Fuji?) wreathed with clouds; low ground leading down to water in foreground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People wading in sea; fisher with hand net; boats in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Old woman in shed heating substance in black pot.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

People in special attire, with lanterns, posing for photograph.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Map of Imperial Government Railways

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Factories, external view.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Interior shot of two geishas asleep in bedding on floor mats; musical instrument, fan and implements for tea ceremony nearby.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

[Dashi] parade.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Open air ceramic shop.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Long red wooden covered bridge with ornamental roof; woods on either side of bridge, woods and mountain behind; water and landscaped point of land with flowers in foreground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Hand-weaving in factory.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Large Silk Factory

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Three women with tea implements.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Painting vases. [slide cracked]

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Blacksmith at work.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Four women smiling and leaning through openings in lattice work.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Reeling Silk in Small Skeins

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Mother and children outside rural hut with waterwheel.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Iris garden beside water; wooden bridge to small roofed island; two women in Kimonos on bridge and one standing among flowers.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Making wooden barrels.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Lake side resort.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man working over large wooden tub; rows of plants in pots all around; fish streamers flying overhead.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man painting parasols; painted lanterns in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Examining Silk-thread

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Papering Eggs for Next Year

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Gathering Mulberry Leaves

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Large stone Buddha.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Group of buildings set among trees; ornamental stone wall in front.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Feeding Silk-Worms

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Village on a bay; fields and hillside in foreground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Gathering Cocoons

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Sorting Silk

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Buildings built up on stone walled riverbank with trees in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Harbour of city; jetty with steamboats in foreground; other boats and buildings in background.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Two young women in Kimonos, one standing, one seated on wooden bench outside open greenhouses filled with blooming flowers.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Men making clay moulds for giant masks.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Men carving wooden furniture of intricate design.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Close-up of ornamental building embellished with gold.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Women at work with children watching.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Crowd-filled street lined with banners and lanterns.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man with rickshaw on tall tree lined dirt road.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Japanese people (including some men in western dress) strolling through paved grounds among large stone lanterns; temples and pagoda.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Large building (temple?) in wooded setting.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Family in traditional attire having portrait taken in garden against fence.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Three women with fans, musical instrument and a table set with food.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Man beginning to carve lantern from block of stone.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Women preparing rice field in mud.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Houses in the woods, river in foreground.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Women working on hillside; rice fields and village below.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Sorting and Weighing Cocoons

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more

Weaving (silk) on hand loom.

Item is a photographic glass-plate transparency; part of a set of colour-tinted transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, sto... more