Firemen were well respected in Yoshitoshi's time, their prestige equal to sumo wrestlers and actors. Fire brigades were well organised in all districts, and were often quite competitive with one another. This is the first series Yoshitoshi produced featuring firemen (see Kaku daiku matoi - Keyes #338 for another fireman series), and he produced several individual prints as well (see #59 in the Yūbin hōchi shinbun series).
Roger. S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892", Cinncinnati, 1982
where it appears as series #145.
This page (and list) is not necessarily complete; the series is not well documented, and there may be yet other prints which have not yet come to our attention. If you know of any prints from this series which aren't listed here, or have either i) information about any errors on the page, ii) better images than the ones below, or iii) missing information about individual prints (e.g. publisher, exact date) please let us know.
If we have a higher-quality image, that image can be viewed by clicking on the "Large Image" link, which gives the size of the image (for the benefit of those on slow links). Sometimes there is more than one, if our best-quality image has issues (e.g. trimmed margins).
|Large image||Number||Date||Title (Kanji)||Title (Rōmaji)||Title (English)||Description|
|#1||08/1865||Unidentified actor as a tattooed fireman|
|#2||08/1865||Unidentified actor as a tattooed fireman|
|#3||08/1865||Unidentified actor as a tattooed fireman|
|#4||08/1865||Kawarazaki Gonjūrō as a tattooed fireman|
|#5||08/1865||Bandō Hikosaburō V as a tattooed fireman|
|#6||08/1865||Unidentified actor as a tattooed fireman|
|#7||08/1865||Unidentified actor as a tattooed fireman|
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