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K. Ogawa [Attributed to] 
Geisha (Miss Koman) in a bathing suit 
1905 (ca) 
Gelatin silver print, hand-coloured 
Private collection of Rob Oechsle 
Her Geisha name is Miss Koman.
In 1904, out of thousands of Geisha in the Tokyo area, she was considered by Japanese writer and poet Yone Noguchi to be one of the top five in popularity, commanding top price to entertain you, and having legions of adoring fans who could only hope to catch a glimpse of her.
Part of a Geisha's job was to model for photographers in all kinds of get-ups --- including getting half naked in a tub, dressing like a common housewife or farm girl, and even donning these nice old bathing suits --- all of them to be sold to tourists as album views and postcards. 

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