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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Beeswax at 20 Paces

Beeswax at 20 Paces

October 23, 1909. New York. "Dueling with wax bullets." Last seen here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Early Paintball...

Looks like the person in the protective gear is a few years ahead of the time for some paintball competition.

The single shot flintlock pistol being held while quite adequate for an old fashioned duel would be no match for today's rapid fire paintball guns.

 
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