Photos of 19th century Samurai

A selection from a series of hand coloured prints taken around 1880.

These photographs were taken in the final days of the samurai class, before its abolition in 1867. Many of these pictures were taken in the 1880’s – therefore they show former samurai, or sometimes just ordinary people posing as samurai.

The following pictures are from the collections of the Library of Congress and Dutch National Archieff.

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