This image shows a few of the typical businesses along the wharf: fish sellers, tackle shops supporting the charter fishing businesses, and restaurants selling various fish and shellfish dishes.
The description states simply:
Picturesque Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California
–Charter fishing was a popular attraction for visitors with a bit of time to spend, as the fishing in the area was quite good, and customers would often come home with a catch and lots of stories.
This postcard was used and is dated 26 July 1956.