Like old fishing pictures? We do, too. In 2012, National Fisherman's parent company, Diversified Communications, donated the magazine's complete pre-digital library of thousands of images to the Penobscot Maritime Museum. These images, now digitized, have been curated into a searchable collection on the museum's website.
The photos offer a visual record of every nuance of American commercial fishing during four decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s, providing a glimpse of fishermen, boat builders, processors, and regulators.
We've posted some favorite images from our archive in the slideshow below, but take a few minutes (or likely hours) to explore the museum's full collection. You will get sucked in — don't say we didn't warn you!