Tomcod Fishers Out on Bering Sea
Every time I mention to someone how few cards from Alaska I have, more appear in my mailbox. This postcard (along with another Alaska card, as well as a New Jersey card) comes to me from Donna, an Alaska native whom I met on Postcrossing. She was happy to volunteer them. “I have way too many cards,” writes Donna, “and I am trying to downsize.” Isn’t that what descendants are for? It’s all I can do to keep the grandkids from raiding my collection; they can wait for it, just as I did.
A tomcod, which I had never heard of, resembles a cod and is related to the cod, but isn’t a cod. There’s an Atlantic species and a Pacific species, and the name supposedly comes from an American Indian language, from a word meaning “plenty fish.” Well, they do look plentiful. I love the posture of the guy in the background. You can just tell he hasn’t gotten a nibble all day.
This card was published by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, probably around 1910-1915.