Here’s the latest on the Lily Shang sex tape scandal…
As soon as Lily Shang’s sex scandal involving her soon-to-be ex-husband David Rucker hit the newsstands, the 24-year-old Toronto woman seems to have vanished from cyberspace.
Read more…. Sex scandal wife vanishes from web
What do you think of this? Will David Rucker make true his threats to release the Lily Shang sex tapes?
Today's Featured Flickr image
MANRYU -- The "It Girl" Geisha of OLD JAPAN (1)
Image by Okinawa Soba
Another Geisha gone to the Dogs...!
MANRYU was one of the most popular Geisha during the last years of the Meiji-era (until 1912), and probably into the early years of the Taisho period.
Not only popular in Tokyo, but in all Japan, as she was one of the few, original advertising poster girls for all kinds of products in her day.
HAWARYU was a real "looker" but a bit sullen and sultry at times. A "moody beauty" who probably appealed to the "arty and introspective" types of guys. She didn't have the broad personal and commercial appeal that MANRYU and EIRYU seemed to have. (Eiryu will be posted next).
TOKIMATSU --- The laughing Geisha --- was a hot ticket item as far as postcards go, BUT...she was probably in her 40s when Manryu and all the rest were popular, and seems to have faded from sight. Most people who bought her postcards didn't realize that the photos were actually taken in the 1880s and 90s !
K. OGAWA'S Parade of Geisha Beauties photographed in the early 1890s were also "Over the Hill" by the time the popularity contest between HAWARYU, MANRYU, EIRYU, KOMAN, and TERUHA had begun.
And TERUHA was just too wild, unpredictable, and full of scandals.
The Advertising agencies needed a sweet, wholesome Geisha with a clean, innocent appeal for both men and women. And at the end of the Meiji era, when penny postcards flooded the land, and the mass media was was looking for a Star (before there were Movie Stars), little MANRYU the Geisha was the "It Girl" for all of Japan.
Her girlish sex appeal passed the "wholesome test" of public opinion, and while helping make a bundle for those companies that used her face to sell their products, she no doubt made a ton of money for the Geisha House that employed her.
And judging by the number of postcards sold, it seems that the Geisha EIRYU held a spot similar to MANRYU in the hearts of the people --- both locals and tourists alike.
Ca.1908-1912 labor-intensive, hand-colored collotype print. The soft, arty "graininess" is original in the old photo. Although most of this set being posted together is made up of BLACK & WHITE images, these were all made in hand-colored versions as well. Later, they continued to be made as 3-color halftone lithographs. No doubt some of you looking at these will say, "Hey, I have that...in color ! "
Please see these two links for a concise picture of what a Geisha's life was REALLY all about :
Another Geisha that I like, who was quite popular at the time --- KOMAN, the girl with the "Cloud of Hair" --- already has a spot on my photostream : www.flickr.com/search/?w=24443965@N08&q=Koman&m=tags
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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/
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