Tag Archives: Athletes

Pugilists

A tintype of two men boxing, for your consideration.

Tintype, Pugilists
Tintype, Pugilists

I’m attracted to this image by virtue of the slight motion blur captured in their pose – their hands and faces are a little soft from the 1+ second exposure. I suppose this could theoretically be an occupational tintype in that they may be boxers, although they’re rather formally dressed for athletes. I suspect this is just another case of two friends having a lark in the photographers’ studio. There’s probably a lost backstory to the picture – perhaps an inside joke about friends or siblings who were always fighting? Or perhaps it was a photographers’ study.

Cyclists and Athletes

Bicycle Messenger by Harding, Susquehanna PA
Bicycle Messenger by Harding, Susquehanna PA


Two more bicyclists in the collection. Both from the same time period – turn of the 20th century. One is a bike messenger, the other a competitive cyclist. Notice the difference in the handlebars of the bikes- the messenger has fairly traditional straight-across handlebars whereas the racing bike has proto- drop handlebars like we see on modern racing bikes. I love the racing cyclist’s cap – it’s the little details that make the image with these kinds of photos.

Competitive Cyclist, Toledo, Ohio
Competitive Cyclist, Toledo, Ohio

Young Athlete, Ujpest, Hungary
Young Athlete, Ujpest, Hungary

Here’s an interesting one, a portrait of an athlete, but it doesn’t show anything to indicate what sport he partakes in.