Item #20188 Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive. Photography Women Sports.
Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive
Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive
Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive
Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive
Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive

Professional Women's Boxers & Fighters Photo Archive

Photo Archive

[Women Sports] [Early Photography] Archive of 8 silver gelatin photographs of professional women boxers training and competing in sport circa 1970s-1980s. Photos measure between 5" x 7" - 8" x 10". Archive is partially identified. Boxing has always been a controversial sport due to it's brutality and was largely prohibited for women in the 19th century. Women's boxing first appeared in the Olympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1904. However, it wasn't until 2012 that Women's Boxing became an official sport in the Olympics. One press photograph shows a co-ed boxing match between Sheila McGuire and Buddy DiBenedetto in a boxing ring with a boxing referee closely watching behind. Another press release shows Eva Shain at the age of 71 with a pair of boxing gloves. Shain was one of the first female boxing judges and the first woman to judge a heavyweight championship in which she oversaw the 1977 fight between Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shavers. A 1983 photo shows boxing coach, Butch Fohndan, training a young woman at his Alaska gym Palmer Boxing Club. A 1974 photograph from Japan shows Masako Takatsuki, training a young male boxer. The press release photo describes Takatsuki as a "27 year old cosmetician who is the only female boxing trainer-manager to hold a Japan Boxing Commission approved license to spar and act as a second." Another action photo shows an outdoor wrestling match between two women, Gisa Pipa and Aggi Tillman, Tillman has Pipa in a hold from behind. Two photos are of an unidentified woman with an intimidating expression in a crouching stance, behind her is a boxing ring as she seems to be training for her next big fight. The last photo from 1975 is of two professional boxers, Sharon Allbery and Zinda Foster. Sharon charges for a swing at Zinda at the Seattle Center Arena where it was the first women's boxing match sanctioned in the state. A first bout for both women, Allbery at the time was a mother of three and Foster a young 21 year old Seattle native. Though popularity and social norms towards women in boxing began to change in the mid to late 20th century, female boxers had to continuously prove their validity in their male dominated profession. This rare collection uncovers the fierce spirit of several women whose efforts proved women's physical strength and prowess at a time of rapidly changing social norms. Photos are crisp and clear, overall very good condition.

Item #20188

Price: $450.00