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Tyson, Ali & Jackson

Posted by on Saturday, February 17, 2024, In : Photography 

Michael Jackson with Mike Tyson (top) and Muhammad Ali (bottom).

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Richard Bong

Posted by on Saturday, February 10, 2024, In : Photography 

Richard "Dick" Ira Bong (1920 – 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces major who won the Medal of Honour for his aviation exploits in World War Two. He was America’s top fighter pilot during the war, with forty confirmed Japanese aircraft down by his Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter.

Bong considered himself to be a poor shot so to compensate, he would get very close to his target, sometimes even flying through the debris of exploding planes. His exploits include:

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Muhammad Ali & Zbigniew Pietrzykowski

Posted by on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, In : Photography 

Top: Muhammad Ali & Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland after Ali won their bout in the 1960 Olympic finals in Rome in the light heavyweight division.

Bottom: The two are collecting their medals along with Giulio Saraudi (Italy) and Anthony Madigan (Australia) who both came joint third.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Manny Pacquiao

Posted by on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, In : Photography 

Floyd Mayweather Jr (left) Vs Manny Pacquiao in their 2015 welterweight bout which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision. 

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Native American Archer

Posted by on Monday, June 5, 2023, In : Photography 

A Native American archer, probably from the 1880s. His bow appears to be a self-bow, i.e., made from one piece of wood
and his 1883 US Army shirt and woven canvas cartridge suggest he may have been a scout.

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General Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox

Posted by on Friday, January 15, 2021, In : Art 

General Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox by Alonzo Chappel c. 1870.


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George S Patton

Posted by on Saturday, January 9, 2021, In : Photography 

George S. Patton, pictured as a Lieut. Col. in 1918 with a French Renault tank (top), and as a Lt. Gen. in 1943 alongside Lt. Col. Lyle Bernard (bottom).

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Louis Vs. Schmeling

Posted by on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, In : Photography 

Joe Louis pictured just before his fight with Max Schmeling in 1938 (top) and squaring up to his German foe in preparation for their bout (bottom). It took Louis a little over two minutes to win the match which many see as the first time white America rooted for a black person over a white one. This was due to tensions between the United States and the German Nazi Party and years later, Louis would state:

“White Americans, even while some of them were lynching black people in the South, were...

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Scalped Hunter

Posted by on Saturday, July 28, 2018, In : Photography 

The scalped corpse of a buffalo hunter found after an encounter with warriors of the Cheyennes Tribe near Fort Dodge, Kansas - 1868.


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Muhammad Ali vs Rocky Marciano

Posted by on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, In : Photography 

Rocky Marciano fights Muhammad Ali in their so-called super fight, a mock bout in the late 1960s. The result of this and other fights like it were decided by a second-generation NCR 315 computer, packed with 5k of handmade core memory and were designed to find out who was the best heavyweight of all time.

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Dalton Gang Death Photo

Posted by on Monday, March 5, 2018, In : Photography 

The Dalton Gang death photo, taken in 1892. 

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Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette

Posted by on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, In : Photography 

Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette at Luna Park, Paris, France, in 1913. Langford and Jeanette fought each other a total of fourteen times with Langford winning eight of their contests, Jeanette winning two and the pair drawing four times.

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Posted by on Monday, February 5, 2018, In : Art 

Wrestlers by Thomas Eakins (1899)

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Muhammad Ali Talking a Vet out of Suicide

Posted by on Friday, January 12, 2018, In : Photography 

This photograph taken in 1981 shows the dramatic moment Muhammad Ali saved a suicidal Veteran of the Vietnam war. The former Heavyweight Champion shouted to the man; “I’m your brother, I want to help you” after which the man allowed Ali to approach and eventually came off the ledge.

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Kings of the Ring

Posted by on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Photography 

Don King posing with two of the best fighters he ever worked with, former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. The picture was taken in Las Vegas before a WBA-WBC lightweight championship fight on October 29, 1988.

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Ronda Rousey

Posted by on Saturday, January 16, 2016, In : Photography 

Ronda Rousey

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Between the Idea and the Reality

Posted by on Saturday, January 16, 2016, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

Between the idea and the reality, Between the motion and the act, Falls the Shadow!

~ T.S. Eliot ~

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Cassius Clay Vs. Tony Madigan

Posted by on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Photography 

Cassius Clay aged 18 fighting Tony Madigan of Australia during the light heavyweight boxing semifinals at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

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A Bridge of Silver Wings

Posted by on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

"A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew."

~ Aberjhani ~
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Muay Thai vs. Kickboxing

Posted by on Sunday, December 6, 2015, In : Photography 

American kickboxer Rick Roufus vs. Muay Thai fighter Changpuek Kietsongrit in a non-title fight in Las Vegas in the late 1970s. Prior to this fight, muay thai was relatively unknown outside of 
Thailand, but when Changpuek beat the American, he put the sport on the international map. 

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The Realities of War

Posted by on Friday, November 6, 2015, In : Photography 

These pictures were taken during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s by Kenneth Jarecke in a bid to show the American general public the realities of war. In the top picture, Iraqi prisoners of war were photographed after being captured by the U.S. military on their way to Baghdad. The middle picture shows a burned-out Iraqi truck surrounded by corpses on the “Highway of Death.” When asked why he needs to take photographs of scenes like this by a military public relations officer, J...
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Carmen Basilio on the Speed Bag

Posted by on Sunday, October 11, 2015, In : Photography 

Carmine Basilio (1927 – 2012) better known as Carmen Basilio, seen here working on the speed bag. Basilio was an Italian-American pro boxer who held the world title in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions, famously beating the great Sugar Ray Robinson to win the latter.


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The Object of War

Posted by on Saturday, September 26, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his."

~ General George S Patton ~

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Don King's Mugshot

Posted by on Sunday, September 6, 2015, In : Photography 

Mugshot of boxing’s most notorious promoter Don King after he killed a man who owed him money (1954).

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Raging Bull

Posted by on Sunday, September 6, 2015, In : Photography 

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980)

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Benny 'the Ghetto Wizard' Leonard

Posted by on Friday, August 21, 2015, In : Photography 

Benny the Ghetto Wizard Leonard, widely considered one of the best lightweights of all time, was champion from 1917 to 1925 defending his title seven times. His record stands at;

Total fights 219
Wins 183
Wins by KO 70
Losses 24
Draws 8
No contests 4

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Where Evil Lurks

Posted by on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.

~ George Foreman ~

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Ronda Rousey Wins at UFC 190

Posted by on Sunday, August 2, 2015, In : Video 

Ronda Rousey beat her opponent Bethe Correia on her home turf in just 34 seconds at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. Ronda and her team decided to play brawler Correia at her own game and she went out aggressively from the start. The Brazilian made her mistake when she tried to clinch her opponent near the edge of the Octagon which failed and left her scrambling. Rousey had no hesitation and delivered the knockout blow winning her 12th straight ...
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Muhammad Ali - Conscientious Objector

Posted by on Thursday, July 30, 2015, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali, who was famously banned from boxing for being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, points to a newspaper reporting in 1966 on a 30,000 strong protest march that had recently taken place against the conflict.

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

Posted by on Sunday, May 3, 2015, In : Photography 

A 1964 photo of middleweight challenger Rubin Carter.

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, who died in April 2015 aged 76 could, according to some commentators, have become the World Champion and was one of the best middleweights of his day. However on June 17th, 1966 Carter was out on the town with a friend, John Artis and their lives would change forever when they found themselves getting arrested for the murder of a bartender and two customers of the Lafayette Bar and Grill.

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Muhammad Ali - Final Fight

Posted by on Sunday, March 1, 2015, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali looking dejected after losing his final fight to Trevor Berbick in 1981.

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Ronda Rousey

Posted by on Thursday, January 29, 2015, In : Photography 

MMA superstar Ronda Rousey

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Operation Crossroads - The Bombing of Bikini

Posted by on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : Photography 
These nuclear bomb detonations, (known as the Able and Baker Tests respectively), took place in July 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads on the island of Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. A fleet of decommissioned US and seized Japanese vessels were deployed in the area with the intention of simulating and documenting the effects of nuclear weapons in naval warfare. They were the precursors to a series of large thermonuclear tests that over the next decade or so would render Bikini unfit for huma...
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Col. Henry P. Crowe

Posted by on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

"You'll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole…follow me!"

~ Marine Corps Col. Henry P. Crowe ~
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Joe Rivers & Louise Adler

Posted by on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Photography 

American boxer Joe Rivers sparring with the women's lightweight
world champion, Louise Adler in 1926 while helping her train for an
upcoming title defence.
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Muhammad Ali Meeting Saddam Hussein

Posted by on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali meeting Saddam Hussein in 1990 when the former heavyweight champion was enlisted to help negotiate the release of 15 American hostages. The ‘guests’ were held in Iraq following Saddam's invasion of Kuwait with the threat that they would be used as human shields should US forces attack strategically areas in the country. After tense negotiations, all 15 men were released without being harmed but when praised for his actions, Ali insisted all credit be given to Allah.

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The Pebble in your Shoe

Posted by on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

 “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

~Muhammad Ali ~
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, In : Photography 

Sitting Bull (1885)

Alleged photo of Crazy Horse (c.1877)

Chief Gall (1881)

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer's Last Stand or Lakota Victory Day took place on the 25 – 26 of June, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. The conflict was fought between the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

The Native American forces achieved an overwhelming victory tha...
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I Will Always Speak for Peace

Posted by on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.

~ Paul Robeson ~

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California Sharpshooter Lillian Smith

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Photography 

This portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle was taken sometime between 1875 and 1885. Smith appeared in 'Buffalo Bill' Cody’s Wild West troop in 1886 and was seen as a direct rival to another female sharp shooter involved with the troop, Annie Oakley. In 1889, Smith left the show after the intense rivalry with Oakley became public, after which, she faded into obscurity.

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Muhammad Ali - The Original MMA Fighter?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Photography 

On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali engaged in a battle with Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in a fight that was billed as being a competition to find the toughest man on the planet. It is unclear whether or not the result was fixed beforehand, though both camps maintain that the fight was real. 

Some sources say that Ali’s camp were expecting an exhibition match, but when they found out Inoki would be going at Ali to win, they demanded several rule changes. These included Ali being ...

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Josephine Baker at the March on Washington

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Photography 

Josephine Baker during the March on Washington.

Josephine Baker was an American cabaret performer who achieved a huge amount of success in Europe from the 1920s. During World War Two, she acted as a spy for the French Resistance and would later go on to become an influential activist during the civil rights movement in America in the 1960s. She was the only female speaker during the March on Washington in 1963, where she told the crowd;

“I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and ...

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Hazel Ying Lee

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Photography 

Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military, became a licensed pilot in 1932. She flew fighter aircraft to their destinations as they poured out of American factories for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). After 12 years of service, Lee was tragically killed at the age of 32 when she was involved in a mid-air collision while piloting a P-63 Fighter.

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Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Posted by on Sunday, March 9, 2014, In : Photography 

Tura Satana showing off her aikido skills in the 1965 cult movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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That 2,000-Yard Stare

Posted by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Art 

That 2,000-Yard Stare
by Tom Lea is a painting housed in a U.S. government warehouse that stores artifacts and precious works of arts obtained over the years by the army. The collection includes 16,000 pieces of fine art consisting of of donated and commissioned pieces, much of which were painted by soldiers who experienced their subjects first hand.

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New Picture of Billy the Kid Discovered

Posted by on Sunday, March 2, 2014, In : Photography 

According to historian Frank Parrish, this photo that recently came to light is only the second one in existence of the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid (Right). The man on the left, according to Parrish, is Dan Dedrick a close friend of the gunslinger and the picture is believed to have been taken in 1879 when Kid was 20 years old, two years before he died.

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Thomas "Tad" Lincoln

Posted by on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Photography 

Abraham Lincoln's son Thomas "Tad" Lincoln is shown here dressed in a uniform patterned after his
hero, Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union casualty of the American Civil War.

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Muhammad Ali and James Earl Jones

Posted by on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali and actor James Earl Jones, who at the time was starring in the Broadway production of the Great White Hope. The play told the life story of boxing legend Jack Johnson and after watching it, Ali told Jones that if you replace the problems caused by Johnson's love for white women with Ali's religious preferences, the two great boxers had virtually the same life story.

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Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries

Posted by on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Photography 

Jack Johnson (right) knocking out James J. Jeffries in their 1910 title fight. Jeffries was the first of the so called Great White Hopes backed to take the title from Johnson, who had become the first black heavyweight champion two years earlier. After the fight, there were race riots across America which lead to 25 deaths and several lynching attempts.
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Muhammad Ali (1966)

Posted by on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali (1966) training in former World Bantamweight champion Jimmy Coulon's
gym in Chicago. Photographed by Thomas Hoepker
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The Flight of Arrows

Posted by on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Photography 

This picture, called The Flight of Arrows, was taken around 1908 by by Edward S. Curtis and
depicts Native American warriors firing arrows into the air while performing the Atsina Crazy Dance.
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Joe Louis vs. Rocky Marciano

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Photography 

Picture taken on October 26, 1951, of the fight between the aging former champ, Joe Louis and a much younger up-and-coming fighter, Rocky Marciano. Louis had returned to the ring after retiring to clear his considerable debt to the IRS so when offered $300,000 to fight one of the hardest hitters around, it was too good to refuse.

Marciano, who grew up idolising Louis, demolished the former champion, knocking him to the floor in the eighth round before hitting him clean out of the ring, causin...
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Chief Looking Glass

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Photography 

Photograph of Chief Looking Glass, leader of the Nez Perce tribe, taken in 1877.
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The Fight Between Life and Death

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Kinetograph Boxing Footage - 1894

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Video 

An early clip of boxing footage recorded via Kinetograph. Taken in 1894, it shows a
fight between two bpxers named Cushing and Leonard, the latter getting the victory
in the final of six one minute rounds with a knock down.
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Sugar Ray Robinson KO

Posted by on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Quinton Jackson vs. Igor Vovchanchyn

Posted by on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Gifs 

Quinton Jackson vs. Igor Vovchanchyn from Pride 22.

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How Not to Fight Mike Tyson

Posted by on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Video 

Mike Tyson winning his first heavyweight title against Trevor Berbick on November 22, 1986. Berbick had been champ
for just eight months before the defeat, in which he demonstrated that going toe-to-toe with ‘Iron Mike’ was a big mistake.
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The Fear of Death

Posted by on Sunday, April 28, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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The Thrilla in Manila

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Photography 

Muhammad Ali avoids a punch from long-time adversary Joe Frazier in their third and final fight. Known as ‘The Thrilla in Manila’, the Heavyweight Title fight was fought on October 1st and is seen by many as one of the best boxing matches of all time.

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The Measure of Success

Posted by on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Private Joe Louis Says...

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Photography 

This poster depicts Heavy Weight boxer Joe Louis and was aimed at getting new recruits to join the American army during World War Two. It was produced around 1942 during the ‘Brown Bomber’s' reign, which stretched from 1937 – 1949.
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A Ship in the Harbor

Posted by on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Adolph Wolgast Vs.Tommy Murphy

Posted by on Monday, January 21, 2013, In : Photography 

Adolph Wolgast fighting Tommy Murphy in February 1913

More vintage boxing pictures
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Mother, what was war?

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Dance Under Those Lights

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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