The Sign of a Fish

The fish market was housed under an elegant 1880s cast iron roof set on slender columns. It must have been during the late 1970s as I was taking my family through the aisles, gazing at the contents of a veritable sea aquarium. Except that most species on display were dead and for sale. Under a brightly painted trade sign of swordfish stood a stout woman, sleeves rolled up, bloody hands resting on the marble display slab. I believe it was down the coast near Porto. Noticing us she interrupted her palaver, stepped up and tried to kiss our blonde and blue-eyed Benjamin. We were quite impressed with his hasty retreat. He later mentioned that he was mostly put off by her bristling moustache.

Trout Trade Sign, Two Sided


~ by authenticmodels on May 18, 2011.

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