Meiji Idol Gallery

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A gallery of the idols, or their rough equivalent, of 100 years prior to the present, whilst Japan was still in the Meiji period and freshly pirating all the technology it could lay its hands on.

Their swimwear is at times surprisingly risqué, although we should of course remember that certain concepts of modesty have swung in and out of fashion in both East and West repeatedly.

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What a change having to do Photoshop by hand…

Via Heaven.

2D fans can see fine art in the form of shunga tentacle raep. Antique photography fans should check out a site devoted to old Japan photos.

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