Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Hot Fight Club: Vintage military photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 13, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment
Tags: male athletes, vintage male, vintage photo, vintage sailors, vintage sports

Oh that lovely boxing hunk in his tight-fitting trunks. Now, this is the kind of Fight Club I'd want to be around.

No certainty on the date but I will guess ca. 1910s-1920s. Anyone recognize the uniforms?


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Judging by the haircuts and the ship, I surmise that this is from 1947 - 1960, a European ship. The physical facial characteristics suggest western or far northern European.

I believe that's an American ship (notice the stars plugging the big gun) and I'm guessing it is before or around WWI, because there are two large guns in the turret, while the newer ships tended to had three

I don't know the first thing about these topics, but it seems to be a photograph taken aboard the armored cruiser USS New York on July 3, 1899. The ten round match was in celebration of the one year anniversary of the battle of Santiago.

Here is a link which shows some identification etched at the bottom of the photo:

Here is a collection of USS New York (ACR-2) photos, including a closeup of one of those boxer's briefs.

And here is a large version of Gloria's photo:

Dr. Blame, thank you so much for these images. This is one of my most favorite parts of the project. It is so very important and fun at the same time.