Stand of beech trees with man in traditional dress pulling firewood, Japan 1905

November 5, 2015

Stand of trees with a man in traditional dress pulling a sledge loaded with firewood

Stand of beech trees with man in traditional dress pulling firewood, Japan 1905

Stand of trees with a man in traditional dress pulling a sledge loaded with firewood

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan. Forest at elevation of about 3000 ft. on Mt. Fuji. Transporation of firewood. 1904. Photo gift of J.G. Jack, Jan., 1935. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 17.5 x 13 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Fagus sylvatica Japan, Lake Chuzenji

Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Mount Fuji, Japan
Shizuoka ken, Japan
1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

On a related note, the rare European beech cultivar Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’ is our featured Tree of the Month for November 2015 at the Arnold Arboretum. The ‘Tortuosa’ is known for its distinctive twisted (“tortured”) trunk and branches. Prickly fruits ripen in late September and are quickly consumed by wildlife. Beeches can display some of the showiest fall foliage, ranging from bright yellow to copper and red, and their smooth, silvery bark is a treat even after leaf fall.

It is thought that the first beech seeds may have been carried here by passenger pigeons after the last glacier retreated. Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’ is one of six national collections grown at the Arboretum for conservation purposes.

John George Jack, the photographer of this image, was an educator who also explored and photographed the forest preserves and activities of the lumbering industry in Japan, as well as the forests of Taiwan and Korea.

Lisa Pearson, our Head of the Library and Archives, also published her profile “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer” in Arnoldia 71(4), 2014 [pdf].

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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