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Life of Geishas, The Traditional Japanese Female Entertainers (26 photos)

A geisha girl laughing shyly and politely at a joke, circa 1955:

A geisha girl laughing shyly and politely at a joke, circa 1955: Three Lions.

 Japanese geishas form a trade union in an attempt to improve their working conditions, circa 1935:


Japanese geishas form a trade union in an attempt to improve their working conditions, circa 1935: Hulton Archive.

British born film actor Cary Grant (1904–1986) watches as an extra is taught how to walk like a Japanese geisha during the making of his new film “Madame Butterfly”, 1932:

British born film actor Cary Grant (1904–1986) watches as an extra is taught how to walk like a Japanese geisha during the making of his new film “Madame Butterfly”, 1932: Margaret Chute.

A Japanese courtesan or geisha, circa 1865:

A Japanese courtesan or geisha, circa 1865: Felice Beato.

Japanese geisha girls without their wigs, circa 1950:

Japanese geisha girls without their wigs, circa 1950: Three Lions.