One more Barbasol! Fencing - detail from 1949 Barbasol Shave Cream ad…
By Alfred Soder
More topless dueling.
Thanks to ohlookhistory ‘s post about topless dueling on my photo, I decided to look in my collection for more photos. You should go look at their full post, but in short these photos are probably based on the only known topless duel in history between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg.
“It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their seconds were female. Also, the confrontation was organized and presided over by the Baroness Lubinska, who had a degree in medicine (a rarity for a woman in those days) and was prepared to minister to any wounds incurred. Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist.”
Fencing Swords by Joseph F DeMartini, 1971, edited.
Pirate Lady, 1928, Long Beach, CA
I’m pretty sure that fencing uniform isn’t going to protect that cute little body from any touche
I guess the two guys only had one complete outfit between them.