Simply amazing old photos of bonsai and bonsai nurseries. Many people seem to think of bonsai as a static and ageless art – I think these photos demonstrate that it is just as subject to the vagaries of fashion as any other media.
Many bonsai people have other hobbies. Sometimes they combine those hobbies together such as collecting bonsai-related pins, phone cards etc. I collected stamps since I was a kid, and am interested in bonsai-related stamps and postal items. I also collect old bonsai and penjing postcards, preferably postally used.
Below are my Japanese postcards with bonsai in the pictures; they are about 100 years old and were hand-tinted. Strictly speaking, most of these postcards show Japanese woman activities with bonsai in the background. I have not seen postcard of that period with just bonsai as the main theme. Nevertheless, they allow us to see how Japanese bonsai looked like a hundred years ago.
1905 postcard with a potted pine. The writing reads: “Characteristic room furniture, no ornaments except few flowers. Low writing table & box containing ink disk and brushes. Lady in the act of writing a letter.”
Besides the date on the postcard, one can…
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