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A Catalina Fish Boudoir Card, Catalina Island, California, circa 1900

Boudoir card with images on recto and verso, comprising:

Outdoor posed portrait of an African American man with a fish that is longer than he is tall and outweighs him by a factor of 2 plus. Titled in the negative: "302 A Catalina Fish, 510 lbs." alongside photographer identification "Waite Photo." Penciled below image is "H.N. Smith," who may be the man in the photo. 

Outdoor photograph of two white youngsters with a fish nearly their size. Titled in negative "367 Otto(?) Jew Fish, Catalina Isl." Also by Waite. 

Fishing tourism was exceedingly popular in California from the 1890s to 1910, with quite a few professional photographers working at popular spots to document catches. This image here is exceedingly rare, with no other fishing photographs with African American subjects known. 

Condition:

Very good. Possibly trimmed a bit along one edge.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$813
12/03/2020

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