Tall Tale, or Exaggeration Postcard from Temagami, Ontario

Temagami, Ontario Example of Tall Tale, or Exaggeration, Vintage Postcard

This fanciful Temagami vintage postcard dates from 1926 and is a good example of a tall tale, or exaggeration, postcard. Tall tale or exaggeration postcards often feature improbably sized crops, or fishing or hunting scenes with over-sized fish and wildlife. The improbably sized fish seen in this 1926 real-photo postcard is so huge that a man holds reins to steer it.

Tall Tale, or Exaggeration, Postcard by William H. Martin, 1908

An explanation of the photographic process used to make these “tall tale” postcards (through manipulation of negatives), as they are also known, can be found at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web page about photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson and at the American Museum of Photography’s page on “trick” photographer William H. Martin. Both Johnson and Martin were well-known for their “tall tale” postcards; a 1908 example of Martin’s work captioned “A Pumpkin of ‘Powerful’ Growth” can be seen above. It’s an Azo Tri 1 real-photo postcard, and was published by his Martin Post Card Co.


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