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55+ & Free: Dating Historic Photographs & What the Museum Can Do for You!

February 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Knuckles Up! c1880s 2004.13.14 Even though Rat Portage was officially a town in 1881, it would have looked more like a work camp to the untrained eye. It was mostly occupied by young, single men who were here to work on the railway. During their down time these young men were always looking for things to do. One of the activities available in town at the time was having a picture taken. Young men would round up their pals and get a photo taken to send home or keep as a souvenir. The style of boxing pose in this photo was so common there is even a name for it: “The Fisticuffs Stance”. This stance became popular because it was used by fighters who fought under London Prize Ring Rules— the bareknuckle style of boxing that featured unlimited rounds, spiked shoes, and even some limited grappling. London Prize Ring Rules were banned in sanctioned matches in 1889 and were replaced with the Marquess of Queensberry Rules. These modern rules (mandatory gloves, 12-15 three minute rounds, standing eight count) made the traditional fisticuffs stance obsolete. A modern variation of the “fisticuffs pose”can sometimes be seen at MMA and boxing weigh-in events. Photographer unknown. From the collection of The Muse - Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Displayed as part of the exhibition, "Strike a Pose: Portraits from the Collection." November 17, 2020 - March 27, 2021.

Presenter: Braden Murray

55+ & Free! Adventures in Culture at the Muse.  If you are 55+ years, you are invited to join us for free* cultural programming at The Muse.

The starting point for many family history searches is a box of old photos. Even if you don’t have a name, the clothes, hairstyles, type of photography, and more can play a role in learning more about the subject. Join this session to learn useful tips on interpreting historic photos.

Space is limited. Register now by calling the Lake of the Woods Museum at 807-467-2105.

Funding for our 55+ & Free programming for seniors was provided by the Government of Ontario's Seniors Community Grant.


February 23, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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