The big wooden Frankenstein family fish

wooden fish plauque from the 1920s

Sam Frankenstein's fish plaque

I’ve been thinking about the wooden fish today.  This is an item residing in my kitchen.  The fish, constructed of boards of wood affixed and carved in the shape of a fish, inscribed and lacquered, was made for Steven’s grandfather, Sam Frankenstein, sometime between 1920 and 1945.  Apparently fishing was a big hobby for the so-called “fishing Frankensteins,” who were written up in the newspaper back in the days when such goings-on were of general interest to other residents of the Bronx.  I’ve always loved the fish and it will continue to move with us.

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