“The Fishermen’s Return” – W. R. Hearst (1904)

This postcard offering from the newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, was copyright in 1904  – and published (most likely) the same year.

The art postcard was likely offered through a Sunday edition of one or more of the newspapers in the conglomerate.


There is a separate copyright by the lithographer in Chicago, but neither copyright notes the artist who painted the evocative scene.

Throughout history, the maintenance of life through fishing and farming was always uncertain due to the unpredictability of Nature and of the potential for human accidents.

For those dependent on fishing, each day’s journey from shore could induce apprehension and fear, especially for those who waited upon the return of the boats.

In this painting, women and children watch the returning ships with eagerness and hopefulness.

The postcard was not mailed, but saved for a hundred and twenty years.

The original was badly marked by foxing – from poor storage.

I made digital repairs to the face.


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