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160302-0018 - Masseur at Work


Studio Meiji 1890s Unknown

A blind masseur (あんま) giving a massage to a woman lying on the floor.

Massage was a common occupation for the visually impaired. The woman is read a newspaper. A shamisen lies in front of her.

From a series of glass slides published (but not photographed) by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823–1893). Wilson’s firm was one of the largest publishers of photographic prints in the world.

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