Sunday, September 21, 2008

Old Labels

If you go to flea markets, and paper shows you will find all kinds of old labels with interesting graphics. I buy whatever is reasonably priced and strikes my fancy and put them into an ephemera album.Here are some representative examples.You can click on the images to enlarge them

I got these two Japanese labels at a flea market yesterday. Does anyone out there know what sort of product they were used for?

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

The Allentown Pennsylvania Paper show is coming soon (October 4th) For a complete list of upcoming paper and book shows follow this link

Next Sunday I will be out of town ( my daughter's wedding) and the blog will be updated when I return. See you then.


infogoddess said...

As usual I am fascinated by your blog and collection - I did a little work on the two Japanese labels and I believe that they are related somehow to Tomitaro Hara who was a wealthy Silk Merchant and had an estate near Yokohama - Dorothy Dix mentions visiting Hara Park in 1917 and this park is now Sankeien Garden which is a huge tourist spot

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?) but also refers to either an occupation or type of people

If I find something else I will let you know

Satyasri Ukil said...

The label indeed refers to Tomitaro Hara of Yokohama, JAPAN and depicts the famous Lotus Pond at Sankeien, which was Tomitaro and his wife Yasu Hara's residence. British-Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, along with his English friends Charles Freer Andrews, William Winstanley Pearson and artist Mukul Dey stayed at Sankeien as guests of Hara family in July-August, 1916.
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!