Union Postale Universelle, Ca. 1910. Ten printed photograph postcards of Taiwan, including views of Takao, now known as Kaohsiung, under Japanese occupation.
Takao (here also as "Takow" and "Tokow") on the coast of southern Taiwan, was one of the key administrative divisions during Japanese occupation, from 1895 to 1945. The Japanese developed the harbor and railway lines and revived the sugar manufacturing industry.
The postcards include: The Taiwan Railway Hotel with vignette portrait, "A Native"; Vessel Takoo Harbour; Pounding in a Makter by Cattle (the first four words of the title are struck through, and replaced by the inked in word "grinding"); Whole view of Takao; (211) Bund of Takow, Formosa; The Rail-way Hotel at Taihoku; In Front of Takao Station Formosa; (4) View of Tokow, Formosa; The Whole View of Shinhama Town Takao Formosa; and (114) Load of Sugar, Formosa.
Most of the postcards were published by the Universal Postal Union, established in 1874. The Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations that aims to improve postal service throughout the world. One of the Union's practical achievements was that it made it unnecessary to affix stamps of each and every country through which a postcard might pass.
B&w printed photographs. Postally unused, divided backs. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2". Most of the postcards with print on verso: "Union Postale Universelle, Carte Postale" & text in Chinese. Very good condition. Item #25661