Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Exaggerated vintage postcard of a weakfish caught off Long Island

One of the articles that was included in yesterday's links roundup was io9's fun piece titled "Tall Tale Fishing Postcards, The Ultimate Humblebrag Of The Early 1900s."

Here, to accompany that, is an exaggerated cartoon postcard that I came across recently. The text on the back of the unused card states:

Giant swordfish, marlin, tuna, bluefish, weakfish, fluke, bass, bonita, codfish and many other edible varieties that abound in Long Island waters are caught in great numbers.

I'm surprised they didn't call it a "reel vacation." Seems like there was a missed pun opportunity there.

This is an undated Plastichrome postcard. It gives credit for the "color photo" to Milt Price of Northport, New York. And the card features this logo for Tomlin Greeting Cards:

The Tomlin Art Co. was also located in Northport. According to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City, Tomlin was in business from 1943 until sometime in the 1960s. It was "a publisher of collotype view-cards of Queens County and Long Island, New York. Many of these cards, printed in black & white and monotone had hand coloring added to only selective parts of the image possibly by airbrush. This firm later went on to produce photochromes."

Meanwhile, the abundance and "paradise" of Long Island fishing today is not, of course, what it used to be. For a great read with tremendous photography, check out this November 2013 Narratively piece by Doug Kuntz and Tara Israel titled "The Last Fishermen of Long Island."

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