two men brawling
sixth plate


In this staged photograph, we see two ruffian-like men showing off for the camera. Their intense gaze at each other and the symmetry of their arms draws us into the past, making us wonder what they were trying to tell us. Were they professional fighters or just friends that were having a good time? Perhaps, they were demonstrating some early American custom that was meaningful for the viewers of the 1840's, but leaves us wondering 150 years later.

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