Perry Monument, Kurihama, Japan
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  • For views of the monument on dedication day (July 14, 1901), Rear Admiral Frederick Rodgers, and the Admiral's Calling Card Book, click here (#1901081139).
  • For views of the monument on or about dedication day (July 14, 1901) and the U.S.S. New York, click here (#1902060413).
  • For other views of the monument on dedication day (July 14, 1901), click here (#1901081127).
  • For views of the monument over the years, click here.
  • For views of the monument and the monument park as of December, 2008, click here.

~~ Item No. 1901081139 ~~

Commemorative Paper Lantern

Admiral Rodgers and Dedication of the
M.C. Perry Monument (#1901081139)

Albumen Photographs (5) Calling Cards Paper Lantern

This is a unit composed of:

  1. Five albumen photographs. Three relating to the dedication of the M. C. Perry monument in Kurihama, Japan on July 14, 1901 and two photographs of Rear Admiral Rodgers.

  2. 240+ calling cards (100+ are Japan related) with accompanying binder from Admiral Frederick Rodger's records.

  3. A paper lantern commemorating the M.C. Perry monument.


Commemorative Paper Lantern
Rear Admiral Rodgers
March 1901 - July 1902


Condition. The paper lantern is in fair condition is in fair condition. There are numerous breaks and water staining to the paper on the front. A portion of the lantern which protrudes to the left on the front is broken offer (front and back portions). There is a brass brad on the back cover. It was obviously used to mount a hanging string to another such item which most likely was on the portion of the lantern which has been broken off.

General Comment. This is a souvenir paper lantern. While it is undated, it accompanied Admiral Rodgers' calling card book and photographs of the dedication ceremony in July of 1901. I am reasonably confident that this was a souvenir distributed at the dedication ceremony. The lantern is irregular in shape and 14 inches (35.6 cm) tall at the highest point and 10 inches (25 cm) wide at the widest point. Inside the lantern is accordion type paper that would allow the front and back to be pulled apart to give the lantern a 3 dimensional display.

Front and back views of the lantern.

The front of the lantern. The front portion of the paper lantern has a large picture of the monument with a man at the top of the base. There is also a small picture of Commodore Perry. This image appears to be from a photographic image that was taken shortly before his death in 1858. The image is generally found on albumen carte de visite (CDV) published by E. Anthony, using a photograph negative from "Brady's National Portrait Gallery." To see that image and other image of Commodore Perry, click here.

The back of the lantern. The back portion of the paper lantern is blank except for two small pasted on labels. I believe the top label indicates the lantern is a souvenir to commemorate the dedication ceremony. The bottom label probably is the manufactures or vendor's label and indicates the Matsuzake Shoten (company) in Yokohama City. There are no dates on the labels.

Top Down View of the Lantern.


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