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Historical Trick Photography
Posted: 16 September 2005 02:17 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.photography-museum.com/talltale.html

“Tall Tales have an honored place in American culture. From Paul Bunyan and King Kong to the legions of fishermen boasting about “the one that got away,” there is something about exaggeration that appeals to our sense of national grandeur. Perhaps it’s also our view that in the modern world, anything is possible. Giant hybrid crops? Sure. Rabbits the size of Buicks? Well—maybe.
Exactly this formula proved the key to oversize wealth and success for a photographer named William H. “Dad” Martin. In 1894, he took over a studio in Ottawa, Kansas. Martin began using trick photography in 1908, producing a series of wildly exaggerated post cards. These were so popular that he sold his studio the next year to concentrate on the post card business.

Within three years, Martin’s trick photos earned him a fortune. Demand was so strong that his firm reportedly purchased photographic emulsion by the railroad tank car-full (or was that another tall tale?)  Martin sold the business in 1912 and founded the National Sign Company. So far as we know, he never again ventured into the darkroom. But during his brief career as a post card photographer, “Dad” Martin tapped into the national psyche with his own imaginative brand of homespun surrealism.”


William H. Martin (1865-1940) :

“How We Take Our Geese to Market”

Silver Print postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, 1909

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Posted: 16 September 2005 02:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hey guy’s!!, Did you see the size of that chicken!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 16 September 2005 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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m r ducks, right?

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Posted: 16 September 2005 04:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah, but I never heard “Did you see the size of that duck!!” used in a movie…....now, If I have to explain myself to you again, I will smite you!!!!  mad

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Posted: 16 September 2005 04:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Young guns?

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Posted: 16 September 2005 04:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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ok, off topic I know but just had to say….buba!!! dude!!! I have seen your opinions (not to mention your pic) for years now on The Onion…you rock!!!  LOL

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FOLLANSBEE, WV; Having been alerted to the coming apocalypse at a recent church service, 6-year-old Julie Strand decided she needed to live for today and immediately stuck a peanut M & M up her left nostril.

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Posted: 16 September 2005 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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buba - 16 September 2005 08:27 PM

Young guns?

Why must you all make me do this…...SMACK!!!!

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Posted: 18 September 2005 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I know I’ve seen these someplace before…but they are cute.

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I’m loving the puppies.

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Posted: 19 September 2005 02:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Maegan, Alex has them on the blog here...

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Remember, a Dragon is for life!

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Posted: 19 September 2005 07:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Ahh..thanks.

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Posted: 19 September 2005 09:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I even knew that Maegan…....it’s common knowledge….you probably don’t even have his book…..you should be ashamed….....

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Posted: 19 September 2005 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Well, I don’t store memories categorically.  Or, if I do it’s more like:
Good:  Bad:  Stupid:    BUT NOT in a way that would make me remember where I had seen each individual image.  ‘SCUUUUSE me.

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