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676. Yokohama. Japanese Boys Coloring Pictures and Using Stereoscope
Stereoview, color lithograph
Private collection of Rob Oechsle
Stereoview No. 676 shown above started out as an original, high-quality photographic view taken by T. ENAMI of Yokohama, Japan -- as many as 10 years before being printed in the USA as you see it here.
The "Green Mount" version shown here was published by SEARS, ROEBUCK & CO between 1906-1910. (The "White Mount" versions were made only in 1905, and contained no descriptions on the back). Before Sears got their hands on it, it had already gone through many real-photo reprints by T.W. INGERSOLL, a large Mid-Western America stereoview publisher.
Sears simply converted a real-photo version into a lithograph. The photograph was carefully retouched to brighten the faces, and their art department colored away (using hand applied tints) to their heart's desire --- according to every whim of their imagination.
The particular backdrop he used here is one of a few that appear in formerly un-identified albumens tipped into important works such as Brinkley's 1897 "Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese".