Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sepia Saturday #173 - Odd Animal Photos - Fish & Fangs

The theme for this week's Sepia Saturday is based on a photograph of a boy holding two birds/ducks/geese, not sure what they are, but a quite odd photograph it is.  I have a couple of photos in my collection I have been holding on to that I thought would fit this theme perfectly.  Therefore I humbly submit to you my odd animal photos.

The first photograph is a small snapshot taken of a portly man holding a rather large fish.  On the back he is identified as "Uncle Bert", 37 (1937) Ft Drum, at Corpus Christi.





This next photo is actually a real photo postcard and I have to be honest with you about this one.  I bought this in an antique store and why I did, I do not know because I have a terrible phobia about snakes; I cannot look at them, cannot even bear to think about them, I will probably have a nightmare tonight from just posting this photo, but it is too perfect for this theme not to post.  The man is identified on the back as D. J. Winters, but I have not been able to find out any information about a snake wranger with this name.  I believe this was a rattle snake but, since I have no knowledge of snakes and want none, I am not sure.  According to the AZO mark on the back it was produced between 1904 and 1918.





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14 comments:

  1. You say it's a "portly man with rather large fish."
    It could just as well be a "rather large man with portly fish?"
    And, by the way, I'm with you on the snake bit.

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  2. Perfect for the theme. Not a lover of snakes either. Unfortunately we have had a few rattlesnakes invade our yard over the years.

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    1. We do have a quite a number of snake varieties in Florida, but I do not care to see them. My husband, who knows me and my phobia quite well, had me convinced for a while that there were no snakes in our area. Dumb me, what was I thinking, walked out on our patio one morning and there was a large black snake looking right at me!

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  3. Absolutely the best, Teresa!
    Unkle Bert proudly holds a Black Drum fish which is common all along the brackish water of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
    And I'd bet $100 that ol' D.J. is just a dude from the big city, wearing a costume from an amusement park photo studio and holding a very dead snake. But impressive just the same.

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    1. Thanks Mike and thanks for the fish info, never heard of Black Drum fish.

      And I would have never considered this being a "posed" amusement park photo. I can tell you that I would never, ever pose with a snake, dead or alive in this life or another!

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  4. I believe it probably reads: 37 lb Drum at Corpus Christi Uncle Bert.

    Check here for a videa of someone catching a 32 lb Black Drum at Corpus Christi, Texas. You can skip the first 5 minutes - like most fishing only the final few seconds are exciting.

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    1. Uh, duh, I should have caught that! Thanks!

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  5. If you could have put a pipe in that fishes mouth the two of them would have looked like twins. I have heard of people growing to look like the dogs they keep (or perhaps the other way around) but never the fish they caught!

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  6. Yes, but how much did Uncle Bert weigh?
    If I had seen that photo of the snake charmer, I would have purchased it also. It's just too great.
    Nancy

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    1. Excellent comment Nancy. He needed one of these.

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    2. LOL, Brett! Just checked out your link. I can't imagine that was very successful, I know I wouldn't want my weight recorded on my photograph for posterity!

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  7. That first one is a keeper! I scrolled real fast past the other one..I share your fear. I probably would have passed it up..you are braver than me! :)

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  8. Beware of Men in Hairy Trousers!

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