Caption: Setting out shorebird decoys, Great South Bay, Long Island, Circa 1890.
"From the mid 19th century shorebirds were hunted for the market along the eastern seaboard from Massachusetts to North Carolina until laws were passed in 1918, restricting this practice. Collectively referred to as "snipe" every species of shorebrid decoy was produced to attract their wild counterparts to the hunter. They are among the most difficult of the early wildfowl carvings to find in good orginal condition."
Reference: Guyette & Schmidt, Inc., and J. Engers, ed., The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys, San Diego, 1990.
DAN LAKE LEEDS, PLEASANTVILLE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1890