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The Fistic Arts: 1924

The Fistic Arts: 1924

March 22, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Theodore Roosevelt III, boxing." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Wonder who had the equipment contract?

I guess they didn't believe in sharing boxing gloves -- almost everybody has a pair on. Part of what made Everlast the company it is today.

TR3's cause of death

Perhaps he died because he couldn't stand the new Age of Snark that our culture has entered. 20th Century America was a lot more sincere in its public correspondences and utterances. Even the satirical statements of Will Rogers were gentler, cleaner and funnier than any of the comedians that you see in stand-up or online today.

I wonder how many of those children survived WWII. They all would have been of service age at that time.

God bless their manly, determined little hearts.

TR Sez:


A lot to live up to

TR3's grandfather was the youngest President of the U.S. and a Nobel-Prize winner. His father was a General and Medal of Honor winner. Can you imagine trying to live up to that legacy?

Educated Guess

My money is on the kid with the dark gym clothes being the budding Roosevelt pugilist, unlike the rest with plain old white shorts and shirts, Teddy the Third paid attention to betcha.


Despite the asbestos, our young pugilist lived to the ripe age of 86, dying on May 2, 2001. Probably climate change that got him.

Tough White Kids

This was a segregated event. If it had been open to everyone, there may have been different story here.

But ...

Sorry if don't see the family resemblance, which kid is TR3?

[He's the boy in the dark top. His father Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was one of the instructors at this session (below, hand raised). - Dave]

Boy 5th from the right

This isn't what was advertised in the brochure!

What I notice

All that asbestos. Cute shot of the kids, too.

Stand tall, young man!

Seventh kid from the right seems to standing "tippy-toe" so he can be seen behind the pugilist on the right.

The Dead End Kids

Funnily enough, the kid boxing on the left looks like a young Jimmy Cagney. Oh, and the look on the face of the boy seventh from the left is priceless, though they all look like they're rarin' to go.

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