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Guide to the Japanese Ephemera Collection, 1910-1942 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises postcards, posters, and ephemera related to the Japanese military, as well as propaganda, and patriotism in the country between 1910 and World War II. Includes a postcard with patriotic children (1910's), postcards relating to the 1933 Army anti-air raid drill in the Kanto region, a New Year's greeting card celebrating the Nagoya Pan-Peace Exposition from 1937, and an advertisement for Sin-Japanese war bonds. Items dating from the 1930s include a postcard encouraging the public to save for the war effort, a life insurance flyer, an advertising packet for a conscription insurance policy, a 1936 brochure issued by the South Manchuria Railway of the Fushun Colliery, and a drug advertising propoganda leaflet showing the battlefield and home front. Material related to World War II includes a bank account passbook, a postcard from Italy that glorifies Japan, postcards with songs from a cavalry division and the 16th Infantry division, a confectionery wrapper, a wrapper for a whiskey bottle, an anti-communist print, a brochure for the Dong Bain Dao Development Company in Manchuria, and 44 propaganda posters. Several of the postcards were used and contain messages.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11577
Title
Japanese ephemera collection
Date
1910-1943 and undated
Extent
2.8 Linear Feet, 63 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in Japanese.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises postcards, posters, and ephemera related to the Japanese military, as well as propaganda, and patriotism in the country between 1910 and World War II. Includes a postcard with patriotic children (1910's), postcards relating to the 1933 Army anti-air raid drill in the Kanto region, a New Year's greeting card celebrating the Nagoya Pan-Peace Exposition from 1937, and an advertisement for Sin-Japanese war bonds. Items dating from the 1930s include a postcard encouraging the public to save for the war effort, a life insurance flyer, an advertising packet for a conscription insurance policy, a 1936 brochure issued by the South Manchuria Railway of the Fushun Colliery, and a drug advertising propoganda leaflet showing the battlefield and home front. Material related to World War II includes a bank account passbook, a postcard from Italy that glorifies Japan, postcards with songs from a cavalry division and the 16th Infantry division, a confectionery wrapper, a wrapper for a whiskey bottle, an anti-communist print, a brochure for the Dong Bain Dao Development Company in Manchuria, and 44 propaganda posters. Several of the postcards were used and contain messages.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Japanese Ephemera Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Postcards and ephemera, 1910-1939 and undated
Box 1
Folder 1
Postcards and ephemera, 1939-1943
Box 1
Folder 2
Propaganda posters, 1939-1942
Box 1
Folder 3
Brochure issued by the South Manchuria Railway of the Fushun Colliery, 1936
Oversize-folder 1
 


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Provenance

The Japanese Ephemera Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2017 and 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, January, 2018

Guide updated by Alice Poffinberger, March, 2019

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0162, 2019-0005