Tall Tale Fishing Postcards, The Ultimate Humblebrag Of The Early 1900s

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These tall tale postcards, made by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. and William H. Martin. The hilariously exaggerated scenes of fishermen with their absurd catches were extremely popular before WWI, but they aren't extinct yet.

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A Bull-head Worth Catching, 1909

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Catfish Caught in Beaver Pond

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Landing a pike in Attica, Wisconsin, c. 1910

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There are some fish around here

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Wow, what a catch!, 1910

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Great sport fishing here, 1910

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It Takes Real Fishermen to Land These

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Bringing Home One Of Our Big Fish

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A Pair of Hungry Pike, 1911

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A good opening

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I finally got him, 1910

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I landed him myself

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Nip+Tuck with a bass, 1911

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A carload of fish

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The First One I Caught

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We Both "Speared" One

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Swallowed the Pole and all

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Catfish

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We use big bait here

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The way we catch them here

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Riding a fish, c. 1915

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Saw a fair-sized trout here today, printed before 1976

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The photos are from Acidcow, except when noted otherwise.

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Bring Back Duckman!

I'd actually like to see the science behind early 20th century photo manipulation. It's too easy for the regular person now thanks to computers.