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Mayo, Susan [?], i.e. Mrs. Arthur E. Mayo
Hand-made scrapbook detailing two voyages on the Japanese steamships S. S. Kitano Maru, and the S. S. Chichiba Maru
1932. Scrapbook, 12" x 9", pp. [58]; invitations, calling cards, 15 hand-illustrated dinner place cards with the names of Chinese ladies, dinner menus (both handwritten and printed), 63 mounted photographs, and an assortment of postcards, all from 1931-1939, with the majority from 1932. The contents have been removed from 15 pages, some are loosely laid in, other loose items were included at a later date, including greeting cards from Japanese nautical companies. The majority of printed matter comes from the SS Chichibu Maru and SS Kitano Maru, and is accompanied by photographs of ship interiors, Kobe street scenes and views from Katoomba and Levra, Australia. Also included are a set of promotional photos of the Empress of Japan (1929). Some advertising and dinner menus are from other ships on the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line. The majority of manuscript material appears to be Chinese, with dinner invitations listing the women invited, and the date and location of the event in Chinese with English translations along side them. The manuscript material refers often to a Mrs. Arthur E. Mayo, who was likely the original compiler of the scrapbook, with a few removals and additions over the years. The Kitano Maru and Chichibu Maru, on which the bulk of the material is focused, were both converted into transport ships during World War II. The Kitano Maru was sunk by a mine in 1942, and the Chichibu Maru was torpedoed in 1943.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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