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1925: Sakura Cherry Blossom, Potomac Park, Washington D.C
1925: Sakura Cherry Blossom, Potomac Park, Washington D.C

1925: Sakura Cherry Blossom, Potomac Park, Washington D.C

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1925: Sakura Cherry Blossom, Potomac Park, Washington D.C

(Library of Congress)

The presence of sakura cherry trees in East Potomac Park, Washington D.C. is the result of the passion of writer and traveller Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, the first female board member of the National Geographic Society.  

Scidmore, a frequent traveller to Japan, first suggested sakura in the park to the then park superintendent in 1885.  The idea was rejected. Still determined, she spent the next 24 years bringing the same idea before every subsequent superintendent - still without success.  Finally, in 1909, Scidmore pledged herself to raise the funds to buy the sakura and give them to the city by her own means.

She wrote to the new First Lady, President Taft’s wife, Lady Helen Herron Taft, who had lived in Japan.  Lady Taft took up the cause, and suggested the trees form an avenue.  Almost immediately,  eminent Japanese chemist, and discoverer of adrenalin, Dr. Jokichi Takamine, donated 2,000 further sakura in the name of Tokyo.

But on arrival in Washington D.C. on January 6th 1910, the 2,000 trees were found to be irreparably diseased and were destroyed.

Undeterred, Dr. Takamine increased the number of trees he would donate to more than 3,000. In March 1912, Lady Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador, Viscountess Chinda, planted two trees, and the remaining trees were placed in the park between 1913 and 1920.  The original two still stand.

Here we see Sumi and Sada Tamura, daughters of Mr. Teijiro Tamura, former Third Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in the United States.

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  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

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  • Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing

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  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour