Fraulein Kussin & Mrs. Edwards (LOC)

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Fraulein Kussin & Mrs. Edwards




1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.



Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.

Photo shows Fraulein Kussin and Mrs. Edwards who had a boxing match on March 7, 1912. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


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Call Number: LC-B2- 2371-14



  • Pixel Wrangler 4y

    This is Frau Rose Edwards (in the strap dress), the wife of the welterweight German boxer Paul Maschke from Berlin, who went by the alias of "Joe Edwards".

    "Joe Edwards" was the light-weight champion in London in 1900, and in addition to an active fighting schedule, "Joe Edwards" authored a book on boxing in 1912, entitled "Boxen. Ein Fechten mit Naturwaffen" (translated: "Boxing. Fencing with nature weapons”). He also taught at the Berlin Boxing Club and ran the "Berlin School of Boxing", ("American-Athletic-Club") in Berlin. [1] [2]

    This photograph was likely taken from Joe Edwards' 1912 book. [3]   Shown below is another LOC photo-illustration on Flickr, that was taken from this book, as well as a link to two other photo-illustrations (not on Flickr) that were taken at the same time. From the series it is likely that all four photo-illustrations are posed, mock-boxing, rather than an actual match.

    "Mrs. Edwards & Frl. Kussin [boxing]" by LOC
    Mrs. Edwards & Frl. Kussin [boxing] (LOC)
    "The opponent of Mrs. Edwards moves away from the left jab"

    Other illustrations in series: History of Contemporary Women Boxing, from Female Single Combat Club.

    There are several LOC photos on Flickr of "Joe Edwards", including this one:

    Boxing class in Joe Edward's School, Berlin (LOC)
    "Boxing class in Joe Edward's School, Berlin" by LOC

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