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When: 01 January 1900

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Format: Glass plate negative.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum

Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of the Estate of Raymond W Phillips, 2008


Owner: Powerhouse Museum Collection
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 23/Dec/2008 06:02:06

    Can't you just feel the rage?

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    • 23/Dec/2008 09:05:17

    oh classic!

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    • 23/Dec/2008 10:13:33

    First to knock the hat off wins :o)

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    • 23/Dec/2008 18:56:05

    'Put up your Duchesses'

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    zippy money

    • 24/Dec/2008 13:11:13

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone down under!!!!

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    V - UK (Thanks for 5,901,262 views)

    • 24/Dec/2008 18:08:43

    font> Beautiful shot! Merry christmas!

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    • 25/Dec/2008 00:54:26

    Aw, Merry Christmas everyone.

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    • 27/Dec/2008 21:44:53

    Oh! Boxing with those heavy costume?? Nice concept though!

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    terrific lake

    • 29/Dec/2008 04:34:36

    best shot

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    • 02/Jan/2009 00:25:11

    It might look civilised, but the bare-knuckles say otherwise. :)

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    In Memoriam RockN

    • 02/Jan/2009 14:45:57

    Given the necessary exposure times I have no doubt that this was posed and that no fists flew in anger. Besides, both ladies look as if they are fighting the urge to burst into laughter.

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    • 02/Jan/2009 19:44:31

    i wonder if those fustrated feminists actulally threw a punch??

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    • 04/Jan/2009 04:43:36

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pith Helmets, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Das Puzhamudi

    • 05/Jan/2009 18:25:13

    nice frame!

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    熊.陈美芬.Phan Ly Photography.On/Off

    • 06/Jan/2009 04:10:09

    Excellent shot.

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    susie crane

    • 07/Jan/2009 14:29:20

    bit more info would be interesting. date was woman boxing the norm. very weird.

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    • 08/Jan/2009 15:34:30

    Are they really boxing? Each woman has a small, dark colored object in at least one of her hands. What are these objects? Why do the men stand by with towels and a small pitcher? Do the wooden frames in the background relate to what is going on or it's just a coincidence/not important that the action is centered between these structures? Hmmm......

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    Bruno Abdon

    • 16/Jan/2009 14:27:13

    The age-old obsession on catfighting...

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    • 19/Jan/2009 20:14:53

    DJDG: I'm not actually sure either is holding anything, if you look at the original zoomable version via the persistent url

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    André Or

    • 20/Jan/2009 02:23:47

    sexy! by: grandpa

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    Flamin' Mo

    • 22/Jan/2009 17:39:24

    nice shot....the suspense is killing me...who wins??

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    • 26/Jan/2009 10:58:53


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    • 28/Jan/2009 00:06:29

    This photograph "properly" conveys something about Victorian/Edwardian femininity (not necessarily feminism, mind you): paradoxical, amusing but she most certainly works out.

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    • 15/Feb/2009 03:36:03

    wonderfulllllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Rick Webb ( PRO account Holder )

    • 16/Feb/2009 17:52:34

    lol , put em uuuuuppp put em uuuupppp ( wizard of oz ) , amazing pic

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    DarkReporter / Maria Grazia Izzo

    • 21/Feb/2009 23:35:31

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Retrò, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 23/Feb/2009 17:45:38

    Nah lydies, break when I calls 'break'. No kidney punches, eye-gouging or treading on hems. Fifteen three minute rahnds. Ok, doc. Clear orff to the library till yer needed. May the best lydie win.

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    icy pets

    • 03/Mar/2009 02:26:48

    Hahahaha. Very funny.

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    AKinsey Foto

    • 11/Mar/2009 00:24:46

    Incrediable image - what fun !

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    • 13/Mar/2009 06:44:41

    I love that you tagged it "fisticuffs"

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    Rachel Thomas (Story Slices)

    • 14/Mar/2009 21:29:36

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Countess of Beaumont's Frilly Feminine Salon, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 28/Mar/2009 19:19:13


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    victorious crowd

    • 29/Mar/2009 17:48:36

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wir haben`s schwarz auf weiss ONLY THE BEST IN B&W ART♥ ♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    an abundance of catherine

    • 08/Apr/2009 00:10:31

    Were they really... boxing? In those dresses. What ladies! :)

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    Wengang photo

    • 15/Apr/2009 10:08:50


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    thundering work

    • 08/May/2009 06:28:39

    No gloves too...!!!

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    godisinusall (GreyReb or Chris)

    • 19/May/2009 00:05:04

    Somthing one does not see every day. Two ladies, dressed very "formal" to duke it out. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 07/Jun/2009 00:19:35

    Wheather this photo was an actual boxing or not (prob. not) .....but photo #961 shows her on the ground with ones around her. Everyone is an actor or actress in life at one time or another !........These are all "art" in the eyes of the one who sees them that way, THEY ALL are excellent !!!!

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    • 15/Jun/2009 06:35:05

    The days before gello wrestling !

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    • 21/Jun/2009 19:46:42

    muy buena foto!!

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    • 04/Jul/2009 18:23:59

    That joke

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    • 05/Jul/2009 12:17:02

    The day the women played in the correct way I still play in the correct way, I dont know about you guys

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    [Radu Adrian Puiu]

    • 06/Jul/2009 16:06:55

    Two women boxing?LOL

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    Miss Capuleto

    • 15/Jul/2009 03:19:18


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    • 16/Jul/2009 19:45:10

    Just wanted to mention that I use this photo in text bubble contest here: anybody can participate!

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    • 27/Jul/2009 14:25:14


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    Ulterior Motive Vax - Just Say NO!

    • 28/Jul/2009 04:28:54

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Amazing women, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 28/Jul/2009 19:24:13

    wow , I like the dress <3

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    • 10/Aug/2009 19:36:49

    boxing ???? nice shot.... hahahahaha

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    ms brooke

    • 15/Aug/2009 14:15:03

    Hope you don;t mind I've added this to my blog with credits and a link back to this photostream - great picture!

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    • 04/Sep/2009 06:42:56

    nice shot!!!

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    general butter

    • 12/Sep/2009 14:18:34

    So cool !! ^^

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    • 13/Sep/2009 18:26:48

    estas fotos me encantan! estoy flipando!

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    • 20/Sep/2009 11:28:03


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    • 24/Sep/2009 09:08:02

    Great shot!!

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    Nc'? Philosopher

    • 01/Oct/2009 02:59:35

    kill her!!

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    • 10/Oct/2009 16:03:42

    They forgot to roll up their sleeves !!

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    John Mathew Smith &

    • 27/Oct/2009 00:25:20

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best Vintage Images on Flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 06/Nov/2009 11:44:43

    beautiful capture

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    Lidia Camacho

    • 24/Nov/2009 16:25:54

    such flair for punches

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    • 17/Jan/2010 19:02:13

    Certainly not something you expect to see...

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    Indigo Joy

    • 04/Feb/2010 04:56:50

    Their outfits are so lovely. Those guys don't seem too alarmed or worried, but they will be soon enough. Never underestimate a fight.

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    David Cory

    • 07/Mar/2010 03:04:03

    Added to the gallery Oddities From the Commons 3

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    Joana Joana

    • 27/Mar/2010 14:56:11

    "you're going to give me back all the letters my boyfried wrote me AND my diary, as well." (:

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    • 22/Apr/2010 12:57:54

    Lol a funny pic.

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    Alison Stardust

    • 28/Apr/2010 07:32:35

    great one!

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    • 16/May/2010 04:42:21

    I like!

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    • 26/May/2010 17:50:42

    So smacking good LOL !!!!!!!!!

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    Kreatywni Kreatywnie My

    • 21/Jun/2010 20:03:22


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    • 22/Jun/2010 14:06:10

    With bare hands? Lol!

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    Julia Manzerova

    • 26/Jun/2010 19:33:18

    oh, i just love the comments! no respect for the dead :D

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    • 15/Jul/2010 23:23:17

    i love these old pics...just grand !

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    lazy south's travels

    • 31/Jul/2010 17:11:16

    One way to setttle an arguement I suppose.....Nice shot!

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    Fact finder

    • 10/Aug/2010 21:06:38

    lol, it is 5pm the day after the last post...WOW!!! I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!! Nothing , goes to show you that chain letters are a " Myth" Results: Busted Posted a chain letter on this thread, Chain letter to prevent the spread of a busted Myth..

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    • 02/Oct/2010 17:14:42

    Their dresses are my absolute favorite part about this picture :)

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    • 14/Mar/2011 01:09:59

    Congratulations! This is a wonderful shot! You are invited to post it to: artland

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    • 28/May/2011 19:17:38

    Point of fact: These women are not going to box... Rather, it is a pose set-up for a photograph which at the time (Photography) would not in itself would have been taken too seriously. Also, you can observe that by their clothing these women are well to do, with their hair done, wearing their best hats, and smiling.

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    faded pigs

    • 01/Aug/2011 04:31:20

    I like this black and white.

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    Philip Barlow

    • 07/Aug/2011 20:25:22

    Should be renamed, "The Origins of Foxy Boxing", great moment captured.

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    jobs in Career

    • 13/Oct/2011 15:31:27

    Royal Stile Boxing i like this shoot.

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    Andrey Timofeev

    • 03/Feb/2012 01:39:43

    Hot! :DD