This studio portrait shows a Christchurch boy boxer and his coach in the early 1920s. Boxing was a popular sport for boys in the early 20th century because it was believed to foster strength and stoicism (against pain), attributes that were thought to improve boys' physical wellbeing and moral character. It fell out of favour in the late 20th century because it could also result in brain and other injuries.
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