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Kakumoto Jazz Song. Album of labels all advertising Kakumoto. n.p. 1929-30. 18x26cm album with grained paper wrapper; 147 labels - many metallic ink on glazed paper - on both sides of eight leaves and another five blank leaves. Au$975

I bought this as the most unusual and chic album of match labels I've seen but I'm not sure now what these are. There are a squillion albums of Japanese match labels and many of them are interesting in some way or another but this one stands alone. These were all produced for what I first took to be a nightclub, bar, or cafe where jazz ruled. Now I wonder whether it was predominantly a cinema. Most labels centre on Kobe where jazz took root in Japan in the twenties but some mention Tokyo and the eight part labels with the line of dancing girls is dated September 1929 and presumably advertises a particular show related to the movie and or song Pale Rose - a hit of 1929. Jazz, booze, cinema, girls ... what could be more up to date.
The big puzzle for me is that I can't find anything about Kakumoto Jazz Song, or vice versa. How can anything so smart, so thoroughly modern, be so forgotten? There is a growing heap of stuff about modernism, modernity and licentious behavior in pre-war Japan so where is Kakumoto amongst all this? The first label in the album is a menu - called Jazz Song Program ("Jiazu Song Purogramu ... Kobe") - of sixteen labels - those that are sketches and come in variations of colour and paper. These seem to be all names of films.


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Poster. Hanoi Fair / H i-Ch Hanoi ... 1929 ... Hanoi, Imp. d'Extreme Orient 1929. Colour lithograph poster 100x65cm. Folded. A 20cm tear from the top repaired and some small tears caused by carelessness after having been pinned up at each corner. Au$800

A stylish announcement in English, Vietnamese and Japanese for the Hanoi Fair in December 1929.


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[Cleland]. The Decorative Work of T.M. Cleland. A record and review, with a bibliographical and critical introduction by Alfred E. Hamill. NY, Pynson Printers 1929. Quarto, very good in publisher's cloth and mildly dusty dustwrapper; xxiiipp and 99pp plates. Numerous illustrations, some colour, and a mounted folding sample. Au$85

Some six years in the making and beautifully produced. It's a pity about Cleland.


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Hirai Fusando? - [Nori no tomo - sen'i no horumon]. n.p. [193-?]. Colour poster 54x19cm. Au$100

A cheery shop poster advertising ... I'm not sure what. I can't figure out whether you swallow this stuff or use it with your laundry. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's laundry but the mention of hormones was confusing. I'm pretty definite this is by the cartoonist and illustrator Hirai Fuzando, it's definitely his character - the housewife who knows everything.


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Sunday Chewing Gum. [Sande Chiuingamu]. Yamazaki Seika Kenkyujo [193-?]. Colour lithograph poster 56x19cm. Rather good with the original metal strips and loop. Au$125

A shop poster for Sunday Chewing Gam (sic) against an unexpected wintery background. I guess chewing gum really has no season.


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Soap. [Bikatsu Sekken]. Osaka? c1930? Colour lithograph poster 108x35cm. A couple of short tears in the bottom margin repaired, still a nice bright copy with metal strip and hanging loop at the top. Au$250

I have the feeling that the dancer originally cast to dance the pas de deux with this bar of Bikatsu soap was unable to appear and a frightened understudy from the corps was stuffed into the prima ballerina's costume and pushed out on stage at the last minute.


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Advertising. [Megamimaru?]. [193-?]. Three colour poster 47x28cm, horizontal fold in the middle. Au$125

This elegant modern woman graciously advertises a complete treatment for women's uterine problems.


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Poster - dye. - [Watashitachi no Katei Senryo : Sumire Zome]. [Tokyo? 193-?]. Colour poster 52x36cm. In excellent shape. Au$185

Sumire dye was the home dye of choice for modern vamps.


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Poster. [Kani Kansanki?] n.p. [193-?]. Colour lithograph poster 53x25cm. Folded but still quite good. Au$100

It's tempting to see this now as an ominous warning that Australia was under threat from a patent Japanese conversion ruler. Maybe that was the intent - only the Japanese empire glows bright under the shadow of that forbidding ruler.


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Hikifuda. ... [Wayo Sake Kakushu ... Amari Eitaro Shoten]. n.p. [c1930?]. Colour lithograph 26x38cm. Quite good. Au$300

These blooming infants are scampering into battle for Japanese and foreign liquors. These hikifuda - small posters or handbills - were often produced with a blank text panel and the customer, usually a retailer, had their own details over printed. The patriotic youngsters may well advertise something more suitable on other examples.


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Wine Labels - Sample Book. Myncke Freres, Brussels. The printer's sample album of wine labels by Myncke Freres of Brussels. n.p. 1930s. Oblong quarto (230x315mm) flexible linen album with some 220 lithograph labels plus some neck labels and vintage dates (ranging from 1915 to 1937) mounted on both sides of 31 leaves. Nothing removed and all in great shape. Au$400

This is an album to be shown to clients rather than a scrap book. There are numbers of labels for specific wineries and appellations, numbers more are for generic varieties or, in some case, unlettered altogether. All are signed Litho Myncke or initialled LM or MF.
The Mynckes seem to have made something of a specialty of wine - a rummage round the internet finds a couple of large posters for champagne - and this album shows they had a fair reach across western Europe - France, Belgium, into Germany and includes some Port labels in English. The styles also range around, from the classic and restrained (it's hard to beat a modicum of gold on glazed midnight blue) to vibrantly modern to garish kitsch.


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Nakamura Kisen, Inoue Seiji & Yokoyama Kei. - [Manga Ryoko - Nihonzenzu ... ]. [Tokyo c1930?]. Ten colour printed broadside maps, each 55x77cm, bound together with a hand lettered front wrapper. Stitching broken, last map loose; there are tears and old, neat enough, repairs. Not bad. Au$500

Nakamura, Inoue and Yokoyama collaborated on a series of these manga maps of Japan, likely thirteen altogether. I have had a couple of these separately and wondered whether they fit together to make a giant romp round Japan. I still don't know but now I know why I have seen many single maps with the right edge oddly trimmed: it was obviously a thing to bind them like this.
I've been too lazy to work out which areas are here but I did recognise the Fukushima map, something none of us will see repeated: a fun tourist map of the Fukushima and Miyagi areas.


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Specimen hikifuda. Hikifuda of women and children shopping. n.p. [1931]. colour broadside 53x38cm. Folded, with stab holes indicating it was once in an album. Au$125

A vivid and heart warming portrait of the urban well-to-do and the rewards of being well-to-do: modernity and shopping. It can be seen as mother daughter life lessons. Many such images in Japan are moral lessons, showing girls and young women their compensation for being good.
These hikifuda - small posters or handbills - were usually produced with a blank text panel. The customer, usually a retailer, had their own details over printed. The handy calendar is for 1932.


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Okamoto Ippei. [Katei wo Akarumi he]. Tokyo, Nisshin Seimei Hoken [c1932]. 13x19cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; 16pp with eight colour illustrations by Ippei, some small photo illustrations. A nice copy. Au$200

A fun booklet advertising the benefits of insurance from the company, Nisshin Seimei Hoken (Nissin Life Insurance), illustrated by master illustrator/manga artist, radical and scallywag Okamoto Ippei.


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London - Melbourne Air Race. Nederlands Succes. Melbourne Race. n.p. [1934?]. Colour lithograph on card 47x31cm, with a mounted colour illustration. Edges a bit knocked with a short tear in one corner; hanging strip or card stand on the back pretty much gone. Au$600

A shop placard for a new brand of cigars that celebrates the Dutch success in the Melbourne Centenary or MacRobertson Air Race. The Dutch KLM plane Uiver arrived second and won on handicap. The onlaid colour illustration is, I suppose, the cigar box label. I found a couple of adverts in newspapers dating into 1936 for Melbourne Race cigars but nothing else.


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Advertising Sugoroku. [Shobai Hanei Sugoroku]. Tokyo printed, Notagawa Ekimae Shoten 1935 (Showa 10). Colour broadside 79x55cm. Minor signs of use, a pretty good copy. Au$400

A proper aspirational sugoroku for girls and young women. Prosperity is the reward for the perfect modern girl: good husband, handsome family and shopping, shopping shopping. This shopping game advertises the glamorous range of businesses in Notagawa - now part of Higashiomi, more or less half way between Kyoto and Nagoya. The same game, relabelled, was used for businesses of Matsumoto City. A very similar - a few panels the same - but not so modern game - more kimonos, fewer cars, furs and bobbed or marcelled heads - with the same title was issued the year before by the newspaper Tokyo Nichinichi Shinbun for readers in the Iwamurata-machi area. You don't waste a good idea and a decent bit of artwork.


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Sugoroku. [Yumei Shoten Annai u Kure-Roku]. Tokyo, Hirohidesha 1936 (Showa 11). Colour broadsheet 54x79cm. Chewed in the left margin and along a couple of folds, marring a bright copy. Au$210

A rare, cheerful shopping game advertising the businesses of Horinouchi-cho. As there are any number of Horinouchi-chos spotted around Japan I'm not sure which one but as this seems to have come from the newspaper Tokyo Shimbun I'm guessing it's around Tokyo. I came across one other copy of the game but it has a different title and advertises different businesses in a different area.


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Advertising sugoroku. [Katata Shobai Hanjo Sugoroku]. Katata Shimbun 1936 (Showa 11) Colour broadside 54x79cm. A somewhat rumpled but decent copy. Au$200

A rare, cheerful advertising game featuring local businesses, issued as the new year gift by the newspaper Katata Shimbun. I'm not sure where the Katata Shimbun originated. I can't find a record of it. Katata is an area now in Otsu, near Kyoto, but that it comes from there is a guess.


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Poster. [Osaka Yuryo Senshoku Mihonichi]. [Osaka 1936?]. Colour poster 77x53cm. Folded, some browning and offsetting; pretty good. Au$400

This sinister warning of looming evil advertises the Osaka textile trade fair. Signed in print by the artist but I can't read it.


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Shop windows. : [Tenpo Chinretsu Shomei Kyogikai : Nyushu Shashin Shu]. Sendai City Electricity 1937 (Showa 12). 18x26cm publisher's stiff wrapper with cord ties; 14 leaves, being a title, a page of portraits and 12 plates of shop windows, most two a page. These are original photographic prints on glossy or textured card. Scuff on the front cover. Au$165

This appears to be the fifth Sendai city shop window competition sponsored by the power and water authority. That's pretty much all I can tell you. I can't find a mention of anything about the competition anywhere.


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Advertising. The Encyclopedia of Ideas. Chicago, published by the American Typesetting Corporation 1938. folio publisher's cloth; approx. 200pp, hundreds of examples and illustrations printed in two colours. Au$50

An advertising crib book with layout suggestions, typefaces, decorations, &c.


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Shop signs. [Shin Kanban Zuan Kosakushu]. Tokyo, Seibundo Shinkosha 1938 (Showa 13). 26x19cm publisher's cloth (small chip from the spine) and printed card slipcase; 194pp, numerous b/w line drawings and photo illustrations, 17 colour and another eight plates printed in green. Au$400

Second printing or issue? This appeared the year before as a special number of the journal Kokoku Kai - advertising world. A collection of new advertising and shop signs which is both a treasury of existing signs - most Japanese with a selection from Europe - and offers design suggestions and practical tips. There's a few I want, the giant ear with a phonograph implant high on the list.
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Kinoshita Circus. [Kinoshita Dai Sakasu Dan]. n.p. [194-?]. Colour lithograph poster 76x52cm. Au$300

The advertising tax stamp - lower right - dates this between 1942 and 1946; so I'm told. As does the replacement of lions and elephants with a goat. The Kinoshita circus started with the 20th century and is now one of the world's biggest.


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Facsist Anti-Communism. Le Communisme c'est la Vie Triste, Morne, Grise. n.p. [France 194-?]. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper. Illustrated throughout. Au$175

A fine graphic warning about the perils of believing the patriotic bilge of French communists during the occupation.


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Poster. Sasao (?). ... [... Daitoasenso Kansui Yokusan Senkyo]. n.p. [printed by Biseido Insatsu?1942]. Colour poster 77x54cm. Folded and rumpled, a couple of small nicks; with a neat, mysterious diagram drawn in ink on the back. Signed in print Sasao. Au$600

Election poster for the 1942 general election reminding everyone to get out on April 30, vote for their endorsed candidate and ensure victory in the great Asian war. Though the whole business was meant to ensure that only endorsed Yokusan candidates could run I was surprised to find that more unendorsed than endorsed candidates ran for parliament and quite a few of them were elected. Of course that made no real difference to the running of the government and the war but it must have irked the military.


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