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80129-0043 - Tobacco Makers

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Studio Meiji 1870s Yamamoto
A woman and a man in traditional Japanese clothing are cutting tobacco leaves. The man is using a machine. The woman is brushing a leave with a small hand brush. A small screen can be seen on her left. In the background, tobacco leaves are hanging from a string.

Tobacco was usually smoked in a long-stemmed pipe called “kiseru”. The word had its origins in the Cambodian word for tube, “khsier”. Smoking kiseru pipes was extremely popular, even among women, but they were completely replaced by paper wrapped tobacco by the Taisho Period (1912 – 1926).

Same image as 70601-0014 – Tobacco Makers.

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