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160306-0036 - Edobashi Bridge


Tokyo Showa 1930s Kobundo Nakamura Studio

Edobashi Bridge (江戸橋) over the Nihonbashi River in Tokyo, ca. 1930 (Showa 5).

The first Edobashi Bridge was built in the 17th century. In 1875 (Meiji 8) it became a stone bridge, which was converted to a steel bridge in 1901 (Meiji 34).

The bridge shown on this postcard was completed in 1927 (Showa 2) and connected to the newly opened Showa Dori Avenue, designed wide to act as a fire wall.

From the postcard series The 16 Bridges of Tokyo (東京大十六橋).

Following the Great Kanto Earthquake (Kanto Daishinsai) of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12), Tokyo celebrated the official completion of its earthquake reconstruction in March 1930. As part of the project, hundreds of bridges were built or reconstructed.

This series appears to have been published to coincide with the celebration.

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