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Unidentified photographer 
Photograph of a staged sword duel 
Late 19th century 
Cabinet card 
National Museum of African American History and Culture - Smithsonian Institution 
Object number: 2014.61.16 
A black-and-white cabinet card photograph of four men participating in a staged sword duel. The man on the left is holding a sword that is pointed down at a man lying on the ground. Next to him is another man. He is standing and looking down at the man on the ground. His left hand resting on what appears to be a tree trunk. The man lying on the ground is also holding a sword. His right hand is extended behind his head in a surrendering gesture and he is looking up at the two men. His head is leaning against the knee of the fourth man, who is kneeling down and holding the man on the ground up. The kneeling man’s right arm is extended towards the standing men with his palm out. Floor tiles and a painted backdrop are in the background. Printed vertically on the right side of the card is “[…?]ind,” “Columbian Art Gallery” and “268 West Water Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” There are no inscriptions on the front or back. 

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