September 26, 2009

Vintage Japanese matchbox labels.


japanese matchbox label, originally uploaded by maraid.

A Flickr set. Via Metafliter.

17 comments:

Kirby Olson said...

Marvelous!

The touch of the legs is really nice even if they look like they don't have any bones in them.

Darcy said...

I think it's a little creepy. Is the woman dead? What's going on in that gondola?

Fascinating, though.

Balfegor said...

Interesting that some of the matchboxes have horizontal text reading right to left, and others (like the one here), reading left to right. I guess the switch must have been occurring in that time frame.

Ann Althouse said...

"What's going on in that gondola?"

We say "gondora."

Lem said...
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Darcy said...

Heh. I missed that.

ricpic said...

When in gondora,
When in west,
Okay to dlag feet in wawa,
Give decolum a lest.

Joan said...

Is this image continuing yesterday's blog theme?

rhhardin said...

Japanese saying "pork barrel."

It eventually wears them down.

March 5, 2002

EDH said...

Just keep out of reach of children.

David said...

Sex. Booze. Food. Mountains. Sunsets. Tea rooms.

I thought this had been posted by James Rileks.

blake said...

So, I guess that transliteration process actually includes the lack of "l"s in Japanese?


Gondora = Gondola

Gojira = Godzilla

Howl's (Moving Castle) = Hauru

wv: sessesse
(In Catalan theththeththe.)

chickenlittle said...

Ah so, you are surprised I speak your language?
You see, I was educated in your country at, U.C.R.A.?

Coplas!

jaltcoh said...

Vintage Eastern European matchbox labels.

Eric said...

I think it's a little creepy. Is the woman dead? What's going on in that gondola?

That's what I was wondering. Shouldn't there be crime scene tape around that gondora?

Darcy said...

I'm glad someone else sees that, Eric! Or are you teasing? ;-)

Maguro said...

So, I guess that transliteration process actually includes the lack of "l"s in Japanese?

Yep. You can see the syllables used here. No L's.