Duelling With Wax Bullets in New York (1909)

In 1909 wax bullets were used in duals at the New York Athletic Club and Carnegie Hall

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According to the Bain New agency, which took these photos of a duel with wax bullets, the date was October 1909 Oct. 28. But an article in the New York Times tells of a duel with wax bullets on February 26 1909.

 

1909 wax bullets dual

 

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For a brief time wax duelling was popular. It was featured as an associate (non-medal) event during the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.

 

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March 11 1909 – New York Times

 

wax bullets new york athletic club 1909

 

wax bullets new york athletic club 1909

 

Via: George Grantham Bain Collection