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14th Feb 2020, 12:08
Recently in an antiques fair I came across some old cotton sleeves of a pre-WWII Japanese kimono. They show an automobile, an aircraft carrier with side funnel(?), a biplane and what looks like an auto gyro.

This has to be early 1930s, perhaps mid to late 1920s I am guessing, but would anyone be able to narrow it further? Possibly not terribly historically accurate, but must be based on something, representing what would have been the latest domestic or foreign technology...?

No reason. Just curiosity. (Only for a rainy day.) :8
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14th Feb 2020, 12:39
Possibly the Japanese carrier Kaga - somewhere between 1928 and 1933 (when rebuilt)

Interesting video here re the development of aircraft carriers up to 1928

14th Feb 2020, 14:07
The aircraft looks like a Farman f.50 or f.60, one f.50 went into service with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service followed by up to six f.60's in 1921.
And the Autogyro is a bit abstract but could be a Kellett or Cierva from the late 20's or 30's.


14th Feb 2020, 14:17
Thanks for the eye-opening replies so far. The video took 30 minutes, but was quite comprehensive and covered some new ground for me.

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