Taisho Era Postcard

In 2002, the MFA Boston acquired the Leonard Lauder large collection of Japanese postcards. The most thrilling images are Taisho illustrations, with their bold block colors and imagery that was modern and traditional at the same time. All have a sense of drama and story line behind them. I tripped over this New Year’s greeting card recently. The ladies both display stylish fashion for Japan in 1932, one woman dressed in traditional trailing furisode, while the other wears a chic short coat, the thick fur collar almost concealing her face. Check out other beautiful postcards in the MFA Boston’s collection at mfa.org.

MFA Boston. 2002.1474. http://educators.mfa.org/new-years-card-women-au-courant-fashion-cityscape-120114

MFA Boston. 2002.1474. http://educators.mfa.org/new-years-card-women-au-courant-fashion-cityscape-120114

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.