ca. 1866, [tintype portrait of two pugilists]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1866, [tintype portrait of two pugilists]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [cabinet card of boxer Peter Jackson in boxing outfit]

Peter Jackson, also called the Black Prince, was born on Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, and emigrated as a young deck hand to Australia, working on the Sydney Docks. While serving on a ship he quelled a mutiny with his fists, which brought him to the attention of promoter Larry Foley and started his career in boxing. He became a bare knuckle boxer and won the Australian Heavyweight championship in 1886.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [cabinet card of boxer Peter Jackson in boxing outfit]

Peter Jackson, also called the Black Prince, was born on Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, and emigrated as a young deck hand to Australia, working on the Sydney Docks. While serving on a ship he quelled a mutiny with his fists, which brought him to the attention of promoter Larry Foley and started his career in boxing. He became a bare knuckle boxer and won the Australian Heavyweight championship in 1886.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two men posed to box with a liquor bottle between them]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two men posed to box with a liquor bottle between them]

via Ebay

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]
via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]

via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1870’s, “Jas. Trevillian Champion of the World”, E. Hurd
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photograph Gallery

ca. 1870’s, “Jas. Trevillian Champion of the World”, E. Hurd

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photograph Gallery

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