Flying Fish and Triggerfish, Fish from American Waters, Allen & Ginter, Rectangular Pillow

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This 20 x 12 inch pillow features the Flying Fish on one side and the Triggerfish on the other side, both from collectible cards in Allen & Ginter's 1889 Fish from American Waters series. 

The design is printed onto special paper, and then transferred onto the fabric using heat and pressure. This sublimation process creates a soft, breathable, vibrantly colored material – the pattern becomes part of the fabric, it doesn’t just sit on top of it.

The fabric is pre-shrunk polyester — soft and durable, with a moisture-resistant coating. The pillowcase is machine washable, with a concealed zipper. The resilient polyester filling insert retains its shape, and can be washed by hand. Made in USA.

Allen & Ginter, in Richmond, Virginia, created the first cigarette cards to trade or collect. Their very many series included World's Smokers, Quadrupeds, World Beauties, and even Editors of U.S. newspapers.

Flying Fish

In order to escape predators, muscular flying fish can make powerful leaps out of the water and glide on their huge winglike fins.

They normally glide around 160 feet, staying aloft for maybe 45 seconds, although if they catch a good updraft, they can go six or seven times as far. Their gliding can take them up to 20 feet above the water and up to speeds of around 40 mph.

The Latin name for Flying Fish, Exocoetidae, means "sleeping outside"— ancient people thought that flying fish slept outside of the water, on the shore.


Triggerfish are tropical and subtropical ocean dwellers, usually brightly colored. They're unusually smart for a fish, being able to learn from previous experience. But they are known for being bad-tempered.

For self-defense, they erect their first dorsal spine, and then it gets locked into place by erecting the second shorter spine. And the only way to unlock it is by pressing the second spine — like pulling a trigger.


Visit the original pixels for this Flying Fish and for the Triggerfish at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.

See more fish-related Allen & Ginter art on Anomaly Panoply.