Posted by Andrew (188.8.131.52) on November 09, 2011 at 23:22:39:
In Reply to: Reading of Date in Publisher Seal posted by Irwin on November 09, 2011 at 19:38:37:
I read this as having no date entered in the rightmost column, i.e.
明治 ___ 年 ____ 月
Meiji [blank] Year, [blank] Month
and in the second column
__ 年 四月 一日
[blank] Year, Fourth Month, First Day
Those spaces were intentionally left blank by the publisher, so the print itself really does not indicate the year. Fourth month, first day, but unknown year.
The Japanese wikipedia article on the Japan Red Cross, as far as I can tell, does not say anything about the date of a "General Meeting". Says that the Emperor and Empress were involved from the beginning after the name was changed to Japan Red Cross in 1887.
If Nobukazu was born 1872, and began producing prints around 1892, that is the earliest possible date. If the Japanese Red Cross Meeting of 1908 was on June 1st, 1908, that year seems impossible, the print bearing a date in April.
東京神田 is "Tokyo Kanda", which was the classic district of the city for bookstores and publishing houses (and still is today)
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