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Lost and forgotten photos from the past

For this week’s Sepia Saturday, we are prompted with a roadside stand, advertising fish and selling produce of all types, taken in 1936 by Walker Evans. I knew when I saw the photo that it might be difficult for me to meet the theme because I could only think off hand of one photo of a roadside battery store, which I used previously. But, as I looked through my stash, I discovered, much to my delight, Cece and Al. The photo above is Cece and Al in Bear Valley, Idaho. In July 1923 they caught a whopper of a fish, a 40 lb salmon if the notation is to be believed.

When I was a kid, we always went fishing with my dad. We went for trout, which can get quite large but we were catching 8 – 10 inch rainbows and brown trout. Well, one particular trip, my mother came along and was reading a book on a blanket while my dad, sister and I caught fish for dinner. I hadn’t done very well as I recall and soon my dad called me over. He asked me if I could make the #2 with my fingers. Curious, I showed him my grubby little fingers in the V formation. He proceeded to give me two fish, one for each finger (up to the knuckle in the gills!) and said “go take these to your mother.”

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12 thoughts on “A fishing story

  1. postcardy says:

    And what did your mother say?


  2. Alan Burnett says:

    I can see I am going to have to try a little harder to catch you out. That is quite some collection of old photographs you have there.


  3. Wendy says:

    It looks like a good day for Cece and Al!


  4. Liz Stratton says:

    Bear Valley, Idaho – only a stone’s throw from my early days in Palasades, Idaho – at least by Idaho standards. :) Great story! Hard to imagine a 40 lb fish!


  5. tony says:

    The Fish Is Massive! What A Monster Catch!


  6. Jinksy says:

    That is HUIGE! LOL


  7. Jinksy says:

    Or even H U G E …Hehehe!


  8. Bob Scotney says:

    Approaching our 25 wedding anniversary I was working in Norway. My Norwegian friend smoked his own salmon and gave me a huge fish (but not 40 lbs) to take home for the celebration. Customs at Newcastle Airport did not believe me when I told them what was in the box I was carrying. Anyway they let me through and a good time was had by all.
    Your photo brought back memories for me. I could just tackle that salmon now.


  9. Marilyn says:

    Great photo and lovely story. I used to have my nose buried in a book when it was fishing time but now I have my camera to my eye.


  10. Jo says:

    What a whopper – I bet it fed the family for a while. I like Cece’s hat – it looks cosy :-) Jo


  11. Little Nell says:

    That is one big fish! Nice story about your Dad.


  12. IntenseGuy says:

    I’m glad you “caught” a couple fish! What a tail!


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