SETTLING AN OLD SCORE WITH A GAME OF "GO"
The fashionably flamboyant Mr. Maguro and his neighbor Mr. "Q Ball" had been at enmity with each other almost since they were born. Both of them have completely forgotten why, but that's beside the point.
As sworn enemies, the have kept their swords sharpened, and have lain in wait for each other on many a dark night --- so dark, in fact, that they never could see each other, and went home without tasting blood.
Their wives, who were sisters, tried to reason with their husbands --- but to no avail.
Finally, they informed their husbands --- " NO SEX and NO FOOD until you guys lay down your swords, and settle your old score with a game of GO.
So....here they are going at it. However, they keep their swords within easy reach, fully expecting the other to cheat, giving them good reason to chop each others heads off.
1873 "Shajo" (outdoor studio) image by Shinichi Suzuki, using a wet-plate collodian process negative, and contact printing the photo on albumen paper directly under the sun.
PHOTO CREDIT : The Tom Burnett Collection. Used with Permission.