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Ten Rounds: 1899

Ten Rounds: 1899

July 3, 1899, aboard the U.S.S. New York. "A 10-round bout, anniversary of Santiago." Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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Mad Dogs

It looks like the cornermen are having a staredown. I wonder who blinked first.


What's with the guy squatting down at the right? Anyway, he's cute.

Sports Briefs

As revealing as the costumes might be, they are the sort of thing (at least the gent on the right) traditionally worn for boxing. Quite apart from showing off the muscles to advantage and being relatively cool when you worked up a sweat, in competitive events, they showed that you didn't have any protection and weren't carrying anything you shouldn't.

Short Work

It's not hard to see why Germany lost the next two World Wars against fierce fighting men like these. Wouldn't want to run into them in a dark San Diego alley!

S. S. Minnow

Gilligan cheers on a young Skipper!

He's a maniac, maniac

The shorts are disturbing in their own right, but the Flashdance stirrup leggings with what appear to be open-toed canvas espadrilles are a fin-de-siècle fashion disaster.

My money

is on Kid Corduroy!

Oh my

Woolly leggings and shorts that are one breath away from leaving nothing to the imagination. The chap on the right seems to share my concerns.

I know why they're fighting

One of them made fun of the other guy's hat.

Hanz & Franz

are certainly pumped-up, but the ref looks like a gurlie mann.

No hitting below the belt

Hang on boys, because I'm yanking these shorts up as high as they'll go.

That Hat

I'd be in a fighting mood too if I had to wear a cap shaped like a pizza.

Jeepers creepers

The young Marine on the left -- look at the puss on that gob looking over his left shoulder.

Love this

Love the uniforms, the money for bets being flashed, the variety of faces, but please, someone buy the poor boxer a new pair of shorts - preferably a little larger!

Great picture - love to study the intense faces!

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