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Colonial Korean Postcard Collection at Duke

Colonial Korean Postcard Collection, 1900-1945 
Colonial Korean Postcard Photo Collection includes about 9000 digitized postcards of Korea from 1900 to 1945, portraying ancient historical sites, natural landmarks, people in traditional or modern settings, rural Korean villages and modern urban spaces, and Korean customs. During the colonial period (1910-1945), postcards of Korea were printed by various Japanese organizations. The postcard's date, image, postal information and brief text provide us not only with a document of a particular historical moment and context, but also a view of the geopolitical circumstances surrounding Korea's emergence as a colonized destination for Japanese tourists. Some postcards were also carefully hand-colored by a professional artist.

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The looks of modern Korea from postcards: Busan Museum Collection

사진엽서로 보는 근대 풍경 = The looks of modern Korea from postcards
DS902.4 .S365 2009 8 volumes
1. 도시: 경성

2. 도시: 부산, 평양, 내륙도시, 항구도시

3. 도시/관광: 항구도시 / 금강산

4. 관광: 금강산, 경성

5. 관광: 평양, 경주, 부산

6. 관광/풍속: 부산, 온천, 남선, 북선 / 놀이, 의례와 신창, 여성노동

7. 풍속/조선인: 여성노동, 생업, 시장, 마을과 생활 / 기생

8. 조선인/관제엽서: 기성, 여성과 아이, 남성과 가족 / 관제, 박람회 및 박물관, 군대 및 기타