SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#34 - JAPAN
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss
|"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
|There are two varieties (that I know of) in the
"COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this
card, as shown below. In both cases, the text
appears in the lower left corner of the card.
Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS."
This is the more common wording that appears on
the cards in this series (and is shown on the
full-size card above).
Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." This
is a less common wording that's only known to
appear on a limited number of cards in this series.
|(For an overview
of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click
|Reverse - Text
YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
Japanese have the most advanced
civilization of any nation on
Asiatic soil. Indeed in some
regards they are even more
advanced than the proudest of
western countries. But in many
other ways they are ludicrously
far behind. They cling to ancient
forms of government and the
Mikado is an autocrat, absolute
almost over the life and death of
country which yields such power
to the individual, can never hope
to work out its highest
possibilities. So even the sports
and pastimes of such a nation can
never be the spontaneous
expression of the animal spirits
of the young of that land.
is a fine art in Japan. Beside
the Japanese juggler the man of
legerdemain of other countries is
a clumsy bungler. The feats
performed by the former are
beyond all comparison. To achieve
such dexterity, it may well be
presumed that the wizard has been
taught from earliest childhood.
In fact the jugglers are
sometimes a caste, so that the
child often starts with the
hereditary traits of forefather
in the same line, and of the
added experience of these.
the acrobats of Japan who are
also super-eminent much the same
can be said. One would scarcely
believe that the human body could
be so sinuous and might be so
contorted at will.
Japanese Festivals or Feasts are
frequent. The main celebrations
are held after dark; then
fireworks are displayed, and
lanterns are hung. These latter
transform the most commonplace
scenes into fairyland. The
dancing indulged in on these
occasions is most picturesque. As
the figures flit from light into
dark and back again, they form
scenes never to be forgotten.
Japanese wrestlers are
world-famed, and their contests
are most skillful.
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supposedly copyrighted Arbuckle illustration,
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