“Did You Ever Have A Dream Like This?” Fantasy Photographs by W. H. Martin — American Museum of Photography(SM)
A Dream Like This?”
“Taking Our Geese to Market”
William H. Martin (1865-1940)
Silver Print postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, 1909
In a poster advertising his photography studio, Martin displayed a portrait of himself smirking, cross-eyed, and in an old military uniform. The legend on the poster reads “This is Dad Martin. He has been ARRESTED for hunting. He is a FOOL about fishing. But WISE on PHOTOGRAPHY.”
Martin exited the postcard business in 1912, while other photographers and publishers produced similar images for decades. Few, if any of them, managed to improve upon “Dad” Martin’s imaginative, dream-like creations.
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