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The Manly Art 

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I made these photographs on the evening of August 20, when the Chicago Park District held its annual boxing exhibition at Welles Park. I also recorded one coach's instructions to his young boxer:

A mile a minute,

Ya gotta go out there,

Come outta there like a street fighter.

Listen to me.

I am listening.

No you're not, you're not serious.

How ya gonna stop him?

He has a straight left hand.

Use your jabs,

Throw straight punches now.

Keep those hands up there.

You can do it.

Listen to me I'll tell ya.

Keep on going.

You can beat this guy; two reasons.

Charlie listen to me.

I am listening.

No you're not.

You keep working the jab.

He can't take punches.

When he gets in close,

Uppercut him.

Charlie! Listen!

I am listening.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Loren Santow.

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