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70330-0001 - Komori Nursemaid


Outside Meiji 1900s Unknown

A young girl holding a paper parasol and a chochin (lantern) is carrying a baby on her back.

Although the caption states they are sisters, the older girl could also be a komori. 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.

See blog entry.

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