July 13, 2014

25 Impressive and Beautiful Vintage Portrait Photos of Maiko and Geisha With Their Natural Long Hair Down from the 1900s and 1910s

When the word "Geisha" is used, the mind automatically sees her in character, and in full dress wearing a Japanese kimono. However, a Geisha was what she was 24 hours a day -- no matter what she was wearing.

Part of being a Geisha was modeling for the photographer. They were hired on a regular basis to "entertain" the photo-viewing public by appearing in all manner of dress and character. This could be anything from a "Hillbilly Housewife" to a "Bathing Beauty" in the latest swim-wear fashions. Or, in the case of pictures in this group -- visions of the exotic "Occident", or simply an ethereal creation of the photographer.

No matter what, when the sun went down, and the Studio skylights grew dim, she would be back at her Tea House, or the Restaurant attached to her "Geisha House" donning her beautiful kimono, classic hairstyle, and white face in preparation for a busy night working hard at her true profession... and perhaps the next day, entertaining at a Wedding. (...and the day after that, singing in a Brothel as "pre-show"entertainment for men who were waiting their turn to sleep with a prostitute).


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