Thursday, May 24, 2012

Japanese doll and Sgt. Pepper

I am going to stray from the theme of Beatles and fans for a moment, for the simple reason that the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover has always fascinated me.    While looking through the Beatles photos on Gettyimages this afternoon,  I spotted this photo of a Japanese doll taken by Robert Whitaker.   It was a doll that the Beatles purchased in the Hilton Hotel room while they stayed in Japan in early July 1966.   Since they could not leave the hotel to shop, many Japanese items were brought to them to buy.   One of the item purchased was this Fukusuke doll. 

So I was looking at this photo and thought, "where have I seen that before?"   Then it hits me.  On the cover of Sgt. Pepper.   It is right there on the bottom left next to the Snow White figurine.   But is it the exact same doll that was bought in Japan?   I can't really say for sure.  The one on the album cover looks fatter and maybe has a beard?   But it is still neat to think that Robert Whitaker photographed a Sgt. Pepper album cover item before it was even thought of. 

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