Freakish, Century-Old "Tall Tale Postcards" Were the 'Shops of Their Day
Freakish, Century-Old "Tall Tale Postcards" Were the 'Shops of Their Day

Tall tale postcards were all the rage a century ago, thanks to photographers William H. "Dad" Martin and Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. These trick photography (or retouched) postcards brought us strange images of gigantic rabbits, fishes and vegetables. Tall tale postcards were popular up until World War I, and then they slowly faded from memory. Here are twenty of the strangest.

Giant carrot

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Great Sport Fishing, 1910

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Bringing In The Sheaves, 1908

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Kickers

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Catfish Caught in Beaver Pond

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Sliceing

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Father works

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A Gold Mine On The Farm

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Nip+Tuck with a bass, 1911

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Great sport fishing here, 1910

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The way we catch them here

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Kansas Air Ship

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The way we raise potatos in Montana

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When we go after anything we get it

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Our watermelons grow big

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A load of potatoes

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A good opening

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There are some fish around here

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Fur herring

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A late Tall Tale from 1938

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