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New York circa 1908. "Mike Glover." South Boston welterweight Michael J. Cavanaugh, shown here around age 18, died in 1917 after contracting "a severe cold" while training for what would be his last fight, a bout with Ted Lewis. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
Circa 1912. What might look like the start of a gruesome blood ritual is really just business as usual in Washington: "Treasury Department, Bureau of Printing and Engraving. Destruction Committee. Maceration of old currency." The lady is Mrs. Louise Lester, "in charge of mutilation." Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.