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Hothead: 1902

Hothead: 1902

The juggler J.T. Doyle circa 1902. View full size. Photograph by J.E. Pasonault, Cando, N.D. (Cando: "The Official Duck Capital of North Dakota.")

Why's he wearing his underwear on the outside?

Honestly, you're juggling flaming bowling pins with your head on fire while in the Official Duck Capital of North Dakota. Why go over the top by wearing your underwear on the outside?

[The reason it was the Official Duck Capital was that JT's flaming pins had a way of sailing into the audience, and people were always yelling "Duck!" - Dave]

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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