Oct 2 2011: Four Postcards Showing Tokyo Tower (Japan, c.1964)

From the same Scandinavian Airlines envelope that yielded a previous set of postcards and a Japan Airlines travel booklet, these four additional postcards show the retro-futuristic construction known as Tokyo Tower, an Eiffel Tower style construction designed to combine tourist appeal with the practical business of broadcasting analogue TV and radio signals.

The tower itself was completed in 1958, and though these postcards probably date from slightly later, around 1964, they show the structure as it was when first built. More recent images show Tokyo Tower surrounded by other buildings, not seen here, though it apparently remains the second tallest structure in Tokyo even today.

Like most futuristic constructions, however, this one is now very much a thing of the past, and the change from analogue to digital broadcasting means the tower seen here is scheduled to be replaced, in 2012, by a new, much taller, Tokyo Sky Tree, though it’s unlikely that the 1958 tower will be going anywhere – it’ll simply be moved from the realm of practical use to that of pure spectacle.

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