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160306-0040 - Eitaibashi Bridge


Tokyo Showa 1930s Kobundo Nakamura Studio

Eitaibashi Bridge (永代橋) over the Sumidagawa River in Tokyo, ca. 1930 (Showa 5).

The first Eitaibashi Bridge was built in 1698. It was replaced by a steel span in 1897 (Meiji 30). This bridge was badly damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake (Kanto Daishinsai) of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12) and replaced by the bridge shown in this postcard in 1926 (Showa 1).

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

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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