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

Catfish Caught in Beaver Pond

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Landing a pike in Attica, Wisconsin, c. 1910

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

Bringing Home One Of Our Big Fish

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A Pair of Hungry Pike, 1911

(via Franklin County Kansas Historical Portal)

A good opening

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I finally got him, 1910

(via Franklin County Kansas Historical Portal)

I landed him myself

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(via Don Harrison – The UpNorth Memories)

Nip+Tuck with a bass, 1911

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A carload of fish

The First One I Caught

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We Both "Speared" One

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(via Donald Harrison – UpNorth Memories)

Swallowed the Pole and all

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Catfish

We use big bait here

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The way we catch them here

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Riding a fish, c. 1915

(via Donald Harrison – UpNorth Memories)

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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