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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Looking for a Fight: 1927

Looking for a Fight: 1927

"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.

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Grandma punch

Seeing that insulting, derogatory punching bag makes me want to punch the MAN in the nose! Looks like quite a few people beat me to it (although probably not for the same reason.)

Stress Relief

My kids had a Joe Palooka punching doll not unlike Mr Nelson's. After a tough day, I sometimes couldn't help myself and would go down to their playroom and whale away at it. The fact that it always came right back up didn't help.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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