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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Future Fisherman: 1942

Future Fisherman: 1942

Sept. 1942. Gloucester, Mass. "A young boy, probably a fisherman of tomorrow, because many of the boys will follow their fathers as fishermen in the New England waters." Photo by Howard Liberman, Office of War Information. View full size.

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Wouldn't It Be Great

if his name was "Gorton" or "van de Kamps"?

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The reality: harsh and dangerous working conditions, combined with relative powerlessness vis a vis the market.

I hope his life turned out better than your average fisher's.


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Filling a Man's Shoes

Figuratively and Literally of course. I was once told by a barkeep there in Gloucester who described their town as a small drinking town with a fishing problem.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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