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Stereo Card of a Pike Parade Before Fair Japan
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UNIVERSALIST VESTRY, December 3, 4. STREET OF TOKIO.
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Black line drawing of geisha's head and shoulders encircled by black text on a white background.

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This is most likely promoting a large exhibition dedicated to Japanese culture and commerce which was included in the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Located along the city's well-known Pike Street, the exhibit was called "Fair Japan" with one portion being more specifically referred to as "Street of Tokyo". The gateway to "Fair Japan" was a reproduction of the famous portal gateway in Nikko and it led visitors to a Japanese theater with 80 Japanese actors and actresses giving daily performances, a tea house complete with 15 geisha girls, an authentic Japanese garden, and a display of the Fukushima art collection. Considering the influence of Japanese art and architecture on Western culture at the time (referred to as Japonisme), it was an extremely popular attraction for visitors of the fair.

Hoshi, H. (1904). Handbook of Japan and Japanese exhibits at World's fair, St. Louis, 1904. https://archive.org/details/handbookjapanan00unkngoog

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EV0376
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