Just did some repairs to the punching nuns before I wrap them up and ship them to my mom. These are the types of family heirlooms we have.
"A Fair Acrobat Soundly Thrashes A Man" (1898). He threatened her father; she "boxed [him] well about the head." -via Bob Nicholson
Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”
I would love to know what this means.
I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.
I think the sport of boxing was (is?) often referred to as a science! In the older sense of ‘something that requires expert knowledge’. So if she thrashed him in scientific fashion, it implies that she had some expert knowledge of how to punch people, possibly learned from someone with some formal training!
That’s how we do it in the North
IN A SCIENTIFIC FASHION
From Edwin Shaw’s The teacher of sparring.
Vintage French boxing trading cards circa 1895, which inspired the wonderful The Mighty Lalouche.
It’s Good Mustache Thursday. I’ll handle the mustaches, you handle something else, and we might just get the hang of Thursday!
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