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July 21, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Self-Defense Maneuvers, c.1895

These images come from an untitled album from circa 1895, which catalogued numerous maneuvers a person can use if suddenly engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

The photographs depict two finely dressed gentlemen demonstrate a variety of encounters and the holds, twists, chops and drops one can use to come out on top, pocket watch and coin purse intact.

(Images: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, via Mashable/Retronaut)

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