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Martha Smith Collection of Stereographs and Postcards

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Underwood & Underwood
  • Dates

    circa 1904
  • Physical Description

    51 Stereographs (black and white)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    43 stereographs from the early twentieth century were produced by the Underwood & Underwood Studio depicting various scenes and people from Meiji Japan, 3 stereographs from the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, France, and two black and white postcards from Japan. Specific Japanese locations depicted include: Yokohama; Mississippi Bay and the Mikado Cliffs; Tokyo; Mt. Haruna, Ikao; Kyoto; Hiroshima; Lake Chuzenji.
  • Biographical / Historical

    The cards were most likely assembled by Ms. Smith's father, A. Hyatt Mayor (1901-1980), art historian, writer, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator of Prints from 1946-1966.
    Underwood & Underwood was an early photographic studio who produced steroscopic and photographic images from 1881 to the 1940s. Founded in Ottawa, Kansas by brothers Elmer Underwood and Bert Elias Underwood, the studio worked in Ottawa, Baltimore, and New York City. They sold box sets of photographs and set up distribution offices throughout the world. Underwood & Underwood covered major news events like the Boer War and the Great War.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2002.02
  • Creator

    Underwood & Underwood
    Mayor, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1901-1980
    Underwood & Underwood Studios
    Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris
  • Names

    Meiji, Emperor of Japan, 1852-1912
  • Place

    Japan -- 1900-1910
  • Custodial History

    Donated by Martha Smith, 2002
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
  • Citation

    Martha Smith Collection of Stereographs and Postcards. FSA.A2002.02. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    0.5 linear foot
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013