People fishing

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What it is:

Six photos, ranging from 2.5 x 3.5 inches to 3.5 x 5.25 inches.

What I know about it:

The bottom left photo was processed by Acme Photo Service on May 20, 1939.  The bottom right photo is dated May 1943 and processed by a photo service in Denver, Colorado, on June 22, 1943.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


This seems pretty self-explanatory.  🙂  (By the way, I have other shots from each of the scenes depicted in the middle two photos.  The ones from the scene on the left are equally lazy, and the ones from the scene on the right are equally drunk.)

8 comments on “People fishing”

  1. Isn’t the same Mr. Brilliantine from the bottom left also on the top left? I wonder if he always took friends to fishing spots or something. Could he possibly even have been a professional fishing guide? (Or is that taking the speculation too far?)

    I’m also wondering if his belt in the upper left is studded, way in advance of the punk era (compare to ).

    • Good catch! I have no idea if it’s the same guy, but I see the resemblance now that you point it out. And I don’t know what’s up with his belt. I’m not sure that enlarging it any more would give us a better look at it. You’re right, it does seem to at least have an unusual pattern to it.

  2. Fishing poles make me think of “A River Runs Through It” and the other Montana-meets-Brad-Pitt fishing movies of the 90s. But most fishing humans fail to live up to the majesty of a Robert Redford take on the Heminiway-esque man vs. nature theme.

    Oh well. Nice photos. 😉

    • Agreed. One of the nice things about sorting through a bunch of random old snapshots is the reminder that life back then wasn’t the misty beauty and serene perfection that the past is sometimes made out to be. Life could be just as clumsy and chaotic as it is today.

  3. Another film reference for this post – the lad in the second pic – standing up with his brother sitting near the wall, reminds me of the boy in The 400 Blows (French new wave movie from the 50s) and the last scene when he runs to the beach. They finish the story with him paddling on the edge of the shore. I always wondered what he did next, having just run away from reform school- FISHING of course!!

    • Perfect! I haven’t seen the whole movie, but I’ve seen a clip of the ending. Sure, let’s just assume this is a still from the sequel. 🙂

  4. acme photo service – why am i thinking of wily coyote? 😉

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