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Bait Box Mullets by Arthur Rothstein, 1938

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


Rothstein visited Key West when he was 22 on a field assignment from Roy Stryker, already then an accomplished photographer. The Keys were still recovering from the devastation of a 1935 hurricane, affecting its key industries, though new highway infrastructure was being built as a shift towards the Keys as a viable tourist destination. Here, southern Florida's clear waters yielded everything from sea sponge to the advertised mullet seen in this photograph, though, like so much of Florida's industry, was in decline due to the Great Depression. I have tried to locate the exact address, but there are several candidates long enough to have 1101 properties along it– Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: January 1938
Key West, Florida, United States
Arthur Rothstein
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Negative nitrate
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Bait Box Mullets by Jordan J. Lloyd, 1938

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered colorized original print from our ⇲ ColorGraph Co. imprint.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"Bait seller. Key West, Florida."

Bait Box Mullets by Arthur Rothstein, 1938
Bait Box Mullets by Arthur Rothstein, 1938
Bait Box Mullets by Arthur Rothstein, 1938
Bait Box Mullets by Arthur Rothstein, 1938

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