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"Battling Nelson." The Danish lightweight champion Oscar "Bat" Nelson circa 1920s and what seems to be a punching-bag effigy of a black opponent. This glass negative, whose neighbors are dated March 1927, was probably used to illustrate contemporaneous newspaper accounts of Bat's arrest for larceny and subsequent placement under psychiatric observation, a convoluted tale related in the comments here. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.