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Korea c 1900? Kisaeng girls, the Korean equivalent of Japanese geisha. They seem quite young; normally, girls began training around the age of 8 or 9, and retired by their mid-twenties. Technically, gisaeng belonged to the slave class of Korean society. Those with exceptional talent as poets, musicians or dancers often lived comfortable lives. They were known as the "Flowers that Write Poetry

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kisaeng Dancing girl by Cornell University Library, via Flickr

Glamorous and Bold Sword-Dancing Kisaeng. 1918-1933

Most postcards of kisaeng from the 1900-1910 period contain pictures of kisaeng who worked at the royal palace or various government offices (known as gwan'gi), highlighting their colorful robes or dance. After the gwan'gi system was abolished in 1908, images of kisaeng changed their focus to closeups of faces and physical features. Different forms of dress began to appear in photos after the 1910s. 1918-1933 East Asia Image Collection, Skillman Library, Lafayette College.

Kisang-girl - vintage Korean postcard

Kee San="Kisaeng" or "Gisaeng." Most postcards of kisaeng from 1900-1910 show those who worked at the royal palace or various government offices (known as gwan'gi) in colorful robes or dance. After the gwan'gi system was abolished in 1908, images of kisaeng changed their focus to closeups of faces and physical features (Kwon 2005, pp. 231-232). Different forms of dress began to appear in photos after the 1910s. 1918-1918 East Asia - Imperial Postcard Collection, Lafayette College.

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