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140916-0155-PP - Girl with Child and Parasol


Outside Meiji 1890s Unknown
A girl in a thick winter kimono holding a paper parasol. She is carrying a child. The caption says “nurse in snow,” so she is most likely a komori nursemaid.

Komori were young girls from poor families who were hired by the year to aid middle and upper class mothers in the care of their infant. In addition to carrying the baby around, the komori would also assist a little with the household work. Komori received food, lodging, clothing, and occasionally some money.

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