Mail runner with tattoos(2)
[ID] 1703  ( ID:1703 )
[Photographer] Kusakabe,Kinbei
[Album] Kusakabe,Kinbei (Album)
[Place] unknown
[Date] unknown
[Color] color
[Size] 202x264
[Cabinet] 40-37-0
[Keyword] transport/man
  Photographs of the same title

The hikyaku (communications system carrying messages on foot) developed during the Edo era. Tattoos were thought to be a symbol of virility. The messenger was proud of his tattoo coat which he wore when he ran the route naked. This structure with the messenger leaning forward is popular in this type of photo.