Posted by Dave Bull on June 13, 2002 at 01:15:37:
In Reply to: Re: "Made in Japan" posted by Dick Illing on June 12, 2002 at 10:18:10:
: Go to http://shinhanga.net, Odds & Ends 1, Flotsam 5 for a discussion about 'Made in Japan'.
That page implies that the practice of using 'Made in Japan' stamps would date from 1930 ...
Around 1930, probably with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act (not the equally famous McKinley Tariff Act, enacted in the 1880's or so), the U.S. began to require country-of-origin markings on imported goods. Hence the beginnings of "Made in Japan", including our then lowly woodblock prints.
But I have the book 'How to Know Japanese Colour Prints', by Anna Priestley, pub. New York 1927 (First Edition), which has eight small Watanabe reproductions tipped in. They all have the Watanabe 'Made in Japan' stamp on the back.
So it was happening at least as early as 1927 it seems ...
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