A FEMME AND HER "MR. DANDY" IN OLD JAPAN -- Two Gals Totally Missed by the Missionaries
I suppose I could have rightly titled this one "A Femme and a Butch in Old Japan". But they are not really so, and the photographer and his two models (both are probably practicing Geisha Girls) were just having some fun.
In all seriousness, I have known some lesbian couples in Japan who actually follow the above pattern very closely in real life. During my time in Japan, a "butch" was in most cases called a "Mr. Dandy" by the Japanese themselves, and so I have used that in the Title. In any case (in the real world) some things never change. It's a rare and interesting image for sure.
By the way, the young lady who is seated appears to have a speck in her eye. However, enlarging the view reveals that she's wearing wire-frame glasses.
For another cigar-smoking Geisha from an earlier 1880s - 90s period, see this flickr pic : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2363013922/
And for some Japanese MEN IN DRAG during the Meiji-era, see this flickr pic : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2362667278/
When the word "GEISHA" is used, the mind automatically sees her in character, and in full dress wearing a Japanese kimono. However, a Geisha [her job and profession] 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.
These old pics are from a shoe box full of Late-Meiji and Early-Taisho era images (1900-1920) showing Japanese girls in a range of atypical poses and dress.
Regrettably, Photographers unknown.