“Nurses” “The picture postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) ushered in a new age of celebrity on the Japanese side, in which heroes were accompanied by heroines. The latter almost always tended to be Red Cross nurses, who played many symbolic roles.
Picture postcard of the Hollywood Hotel in 1940. Formerly located on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the building was demolished in 1956. The corner is now the site of a shopping and entertainment complex.
Modernizing Propaganda: Avant-Garde Postcards. One of the most stunning revelations of the picture postcards that the Japanese produced en masse is how extraordinarily “modern” and even avant-garde many of them were. Japan’s great tradition of exquisite graphic craftsmanship obviously is reflected here—but so also is the degree to which aesthetic sensibility had been modernized, “Westernized,“ and commercialized in ways unimagined only a decade or so earlier.
Princess Wee Wee postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, circa 1916 photographer: unknown Princess Wee Wee, a native of Baltimore whose real name was Harriet Elizabeth Thompson, was a popular attraction at the start of the twentieth century. Among the most famous little people of her day, Wee Wee appeared with various shows including Coney Island's Dreamland. Real Picture postcard c. 1910's