Snapper Catch, 1895
Over a century ago, fishermen still sought the red fish, preparing hook, line and sinker.
ORIGINAL PHOTO FROM THE DOY LEALE MCCALL RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, USA ARCHIVES • COLORIZATION BY DYNAMICHROME LIMITED
Over a century ago, fishermen sought the big red fish that enchants Bay residents to this day. Details concerning this iconic photograph from 1895 are scarce. Although the pictured man’s name and story are unknown, Mobilians will be quick to recognize the familiar tint of a red snapper. There is also very little known about T.E. Armitstead, the photographer who captured this image, except that he worked for the land development department of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. During his very short stay in Mobile, Armitstead compiled around 325 glass plate negatives, focusing on the port and agricultural activity along that rail line.