Steamship Advertising in Japan

Pink Tentacle has larger versions of 14 beautiful travel posters produced by Japanese steamship companies. These were from the early 20th century, when travel itself was supposed to be as luxurious as the destination. Link

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This is a beautiful picture, but a little disturbing considering the history of Japanese Imperialism. That little kid is checking out a map of Korea, which the Japanese are about to rape like they did Nanjing.

A good analogy would be a German poster from the 40's, with a picture of Anne Frank saying "come visit beautiful Nazi-occupied Holland!"
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I love classic voyage/travel posters.
I also like the look on that mothers face. A slight bit of aprehension perhaps, as her daughter tells her she's going to travel the world and be an explorer when she grows up, maybe?
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Notice why the map has Korea at the center? The ad actually reads "Korean Cruises Corporation" at the top. Therefore, it's a Korean advertisement targeted at Japanese.

Not everything fancy has to come from Japan.
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