Group of 80 colorful pictorial postcards (3 duplicates), celebrating the Imperial Navy and the naval air force during the Meiji, Taish , and early Sh wa periods in Japan, often depicting specific war heroes or leaders along with particular ship and/or airplane models, many with traditional Japanese floral and geometric motifs and background decoration, unused. Beautifully illustrated. Each approx. 3-1/2" x 5-1/2". Loose as issued, housed in a modern album. Various cities (Japan) n.d. (circa 1905-1935).
The Meiji period in Japan, which lasted from 1868 to 1912, was the time when Japanese society switched from an isolated feudal society to a more modern one, with fundamental changes to its social structure, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations. It was followed by the Taish period, which lasted until 1926, and is considered a more liberal time when political power shifted from the elder statesmen to the National Diet legislature and the democratic parties. The start of the Sh wa period was marked by a move into political totalitarianism, ultranationalism, and fascism, culminating in Japan's invasion of China in 1937. During this period, there was an increase in militarism and isolationism as Japanese power grew in Asia, and by the time of the invasion, Japan's navy was the third largest in the world. These postcards are a symbol of modernity, consumerism, mass production, commercial art, and an advertisement for the national culture of Japan. Book ID: 48580