Posting vignettes based on great postcards found in my mail box and elsewhere.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Landing a Big One

My high school friend, Rick, has a great sense of humor and wrote on the back of this old Curt Teich linen postcard, "Here's a photo of me catching a big salmon last week. He put up a mighty fight too!"

His fish story did catch the vernacular of the 20Th-century postcard greeting. How many folks back home were bamboozled or humored by stories of whoppers caught and eaten in obscurity on vacation in the back woods.? I would guess more than a few.

Though the old Curt Teich postcards were not of the great quality of color cards printed in Germany and France in the first half of the 20th-century, they do have a rich watercolor tone all their own. Looking at the image, I can feel the vast quietude of the water, timeless atmosphere and the euphoric mood that is a part of the fishing experience on large lakes. Someday I'll tell Rick about the summer when I was ten and landed the giant Sturgeon that bit our boat's oar in half.


  1. Yes, those Teich cards have a magical quality and texture that can't be matched.

    P.S. Sorry about your oar. :)

  2. Oooh, my hubby would love this card.

    Likewise, I can feel the tranquillity of the picture. I am sure that I can also feel the vibes of a patient wife at the river bank clutching a flask of tea and a book, whose wondering when they are going home!.....

  3. I've always heard Sturgeon were non violent!