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Palooka, XL: 1914

Palooka, XL: 1914

September 1914. The boxer Fred Welsh in New York. Note the cauliflower ear. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


A lover...AND a fighter.

On behalf of women, YES.

(What a handsome man, despite the ear and crazy eyebrows...)

Long-lost relative?

Well, maybe not, but he DOES look eerily like my dad:

If someone had sent this to me as an old picture of him, I'd have believed it!

Welsh vs Danofsky

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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