Photo: Yokohama in 1859

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    The Yomiuri reports on the discovery of the oldest known photographs of Yokohama:

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    According to the museum, the photographs were taken by Swiss photographer Pierre Joseph Rossier (1829-72), who visited Yokohama right after the port opened in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867).

    The photographs were discovered in 2007 by Terry Bennett, a London-based scholar who has been researching Rossier. Bennett declined to disclose where he obtained the pictures, the museum said.

    The photographs will go on display at the Yokohama Archives of History starting April 22.


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