Sunday, September 21, 2008
These two were put on patent medicine bottles in the late 19th century.
Luggage labels are very collectible.The last time I brought some duplicates to a flea market a very enthusiastic buyer purchased some to enhance his luggage.The Shepheard's label was designed by Ernst Dryden
Next Sunday I will be out of town ( my daughter's wedding) and the blog will be updated when I return. See you then.
Shishimai is the Japanese Lion Dance - perhaps this is a silk label and that is the pattern? - not really sure
Sannotani appears to be a district in Yokohama as well as a park (perhaps part of the Haro Park Estate?)http://cgi.ebay.com/ASIA-JAPAN-YOKOHAMA-CHERRY-BLOSSOMS-SANNOTANI-PARK-1910_W0QQitemZ360083647400QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20080829?IMSfp=TL0808291793r2329 but also refers to either an occupation or type of people http://www.stamps-auction.com/yokohama-old-h-tinted-postcard-sannotani-cockle-pickers-for-sale-72730
If I find something else I will let you know
Tomitaro was a very rich silk merchant and a great lover of ancient and modern Chinese and Japanese art, and had patronized a number of Japanese artists, like Yokoyama Taikan and Shimomura Kanzan.
Tomitaro's original name was Tomitaro Aoki, who married rich silk merchant Zenzaburo Hara's grand-daughter Yasu Hara and was adopted into the Hara family as result of this marriage.
Artist Mukul Dey remembered the kindness and generosity of Tomitaro Hara till his very last. Hara wanted to keep Mukul in Japan by providing him a scholorship to take painting lessons under Taikan, Kanzan and Kampo Arai. But effort failed due to Rabindranath Tagore's opposition to this proposal!