Preserving Vintage and Antique Fish Art.
Preserving Vintage and Antique Fish Art.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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"What are Vintage Fish?”

"Where do you find Vintage Fish?”

"What are the Vintage Fish sold in the collections and catalogs?”

"What paper is used for prints?”

"What About Shipping Estimates?”

"What is your Return Policy?”

"What about Copyright?”

"How do I contact you?”

What Are Vintage Fish?

These are fish prints, pictures, drawings of fish found in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Back in late 18th and early 19th century there were limited photos; in order to identify or describe fish species typically relied upon an artist to draw the fish. These artists were employed as conservationist, naturalist, scientist, medical doctors, explorers, and even children authors to portray the accurate beautify of the fish they encountered. It was also a very important part of early Ichthyology. Don't forget that these fish weren't just hanging out waiting to be painted or sketched; it required a avid angler/fisherman to catch all of these fish! This is one of the notable differences between this research versus other animal prints. Understanding the history behind the efforts to catch and document these fish is very interesting.

Where do you find Vintage Fish?

Many of the antique and vintage fish prints are found in antique stores, rare book dealers, yard sales, and libraries. As mentioned since many of these are over 100-150+ years old they are not in the best shape. Many of the "illustration" pages were typically taken out of the books, have water stains, rips, faded, and other damage over time. We have gone through the effort of sourcing a collection and restoring these wonderful illustrations to preserve them and make them available for others to enjoy before they completely lost over time!

What are the Vintage Fish sold in the collections and catalogs?

These consist of reproduction prints that were found, digitally imaged, enhanced, and optimized to improve the artistic work for others to enjoy. On occasion original prints will be sold and explicitly noted. We are focused on preserving the original prints by offering reproductions. This largely prevents originals from being destroyed as they are often sold individually.

What paper is used for prints?

We performed extensive research and testing to determine the best quality paper to print these beautiful works of art. The older prints we collect are printed on vintage paper which unfortunately fades and turns yellow over time. We wanted to preserve the artwork without sacrificing image clarity and quality. We printed these on traditional art poster paper, but unfortunately found that these prints were very thin and prone to bending. Using other types of traditional matte paper allowed the ink to bleed and was not as well preserved. We selected PROFESSIONAL Premier Color Paper with a Fine-Grained Lustre. The prints result in very high quality, accurate representation of the works, and increased longevity and durability. The paper is considered the gold standard for print quality with more vibrant colors to create more compelling prints that accurately preserve these works of art. These cost a bit more than regular paper prints, but are significantly better quality. Additionally, these prints are shipped in a sturdy flat envelop that is bend-proof and marked fragile, ensuring the prints stay as flat as possible to preserve the artwork and avoid the challenges of poster paper in cardboard tubes. Folks say that we have the best quality prints available!

What About Shipping Estimates?

Shipping times vary with each product the chart below estimates shipping times. Customer framing and orders during holidays may take longer.

  • Decals & Magnets = Order ready to ship in 2-3 Days.
  • Fine Prints = Order ready to ship in 4-5 Days.
  • Framed = Order ready to ship in 5-7 Days. Standard shipping 5-12 days.

Please use your tracking number to track your shipment.

What is your Return Policy?

Damages and issues
Please inspect your order upon reception and contact us immediately if the item is defective, damaged or if you receive the wrong item so that we can evaluate the issue and make it right.

We stand by our art and prints and will accept returns within 30 days of purchasing your print. There are no restocking fees, but return shipping costs are at the customer's expense. All return prints must be in new condition and in the same shipping packaging. Framed prints cannot be returned as they are custom made. Please email for return information and instructions. 

Damages and issues
Please inspect your order upon reception and contact us immediately if the item is defective, damaged or if you receive the wrong item so that we can evaluate the issue and make it right.

What about Copyright?

All of these antique and vintage prints are in the public domain. However, if you suspect that one of these may NOT be please contact for us to review. We want to ensure that the antique and vintage prints are genuine from the correct period. 

It is our policy to expeditiously respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMLP's Designated Agent to receive notification of alleged infringement under the DMCA is: Copyright Officer Email:

How do I contact you?

Please contact via email for fastest response 


Phone: 240-755-8001


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