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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.

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