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Mug Shots of San Francisco Boxers In the Early 20th Century

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Princeton University’s early 20th Century album of portraits in the mugshot style of boxers from San Francisco’s The Olympic Club (founded 1860) is a treasure trove.

In her story on the album, Princeton’s Julie Mellby, tells us that the city was a mecca for boxing, earning the nickname “The Cradle of Fistic Stars”. She adds: ‘It is curious that the use of photographic mug shots also began in San Francisco, where Chief of Police James Curtis established the practice in 1857.’

 

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The public can now identify the man on the left as Jimmy Cumpston who fought Al Ramus in 1920

Jimmy Cumpston who fought Al Ramus in 1920

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Via Princeton

 

  • Mark Armacost

    I am beginning to understand why phrenology was a thing way back when. Yikes. Those are some serious skulls.