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Filename: cc49_00511.jpg

Size: 4952 x 3800 (5.7MB)

Date: 15th February 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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St Giles Fair, Oxford. Four female wrestlers, an unusual spectacle, posing outside their stall at St Giles Fair, watched by a large crowd. Photographed by Henry Taunt September 1909

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Media ID 1947479

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Entertainment Event Fairground People


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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Henry Taunt Collection (1860-1922)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s > Photos of Edwardian England

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s

> The way we were > Leisure > Fairs and carnivals

> The way we were > Victoriana > Victorian people and costumes

> The way we were > Women's History


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photo print, taken by the talented Henry Taunt in September 1909, transports us back to a time when St Giles Fair in Oxford was bustling with excitement. In this extraordinary image, we are introduced to an unexpected spectacle that surely left onlookers astonished and intrigued. Four fearless female wrestlers strike powerful poses outside their stall, exuding strength and confidence that defied societal norms of the era. The atmosphere is electric as a large crowd gathers around these remarkable women, eager to witness their impressive display of athleticism. The fairground comes alive with anticipation as spectators marvel at this unique form of entertainment. It is a moment frozen in time that captures both the curiosity and admiration of those fortunate enough to be present. Henry Taunt's expert eye beautifully captures the essence of this scene; his composition perfectly frames the wrestlers against the backdrop of St Giles Fair, emphasizing their bold presence amidst all the merriment surrounding them. This photograph serves as a testament to Taunt's skillful ability to document not only people but also events that shaped history. As we gaze upon this intriguing snapshot from over a century ago, it reminds us how even then people sought out thrilling experiences at fairs like St Giles – where tradition met innovation and boundaries were pushed. It stands as a reminder that throughout history, individuals have always craved entertainment that challenges expectations while leaving lasting impressions on those lucky enough to bear witness.

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