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Infantry Fencing School Postcard
French postcard depicting a fencing school, likely École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr due to the "Infanterie" title and the uniforms worn by two of the men in the image, particularly the red pants which were worn by students and graduates of…

Vino Vermouth Cinzano Postcard
Postcard featuring a fencing instructor wearing a red mask and in a teacher's posture and a student in a blue mask on guard. An unmasked fencer waits in the background, and a wall of foils is to the right of the pair of fencers.

Belgian Fencing Postcard
Postcard featuring a left handed female fencer thrusting to her opponent's chest, and specifically to a red heart on his jacket. Both fencers hold figure eight french foils, are on a red piste, and behind them on the wall are crossed swords and two…

Belgian Fencing Postcard
Postcard featuring caricatures of fencers against a black background. "Escrime" printed in the top left and the signature of the artist "Fernel" in the bottom left.

At a Fencing "At Home"
Postcard with fencing scene and written joke: "Distinguished Foreigner (hero of a hundred duels): 'It is delightful, Mademoiselle. You English are a sporting nation.' Fair Member: 'So glad you are enjoying it. By the way, Monsieur le Marquis, have…

Woman Piercing a Heart with a Fencing Sword
Seated woman picking a heart off a branch of hearts and piercing it with a sword, causing it to bleed.

St. Maixent Salle d'Escrime Postcard
Postcard from 1914 with an image of the salle d'armes of St. Maixent, home of the French l'École Militaire de l'Infanterie from 1881 to 1967, and the École Nationale des Sous-Officiers d'Active from 1963 to the current day.

A handwritten note on…

Life at West Point - Fencing
Postcard sent on September 21, 1909 addressed to Miss Embry, French Instructor, in Institute, West Virginia. Front depicts two West Point cadets wearing plastrons, masks, and fencing gloves and practicing or fencing with foils. Indian clubs and other…

Societa Bolognese di Scherma Torneo Nazionale
Postcard advertising the Bolognese Fencing Society's national tournament held from May 16th to 20th, 1900, with the patronage of the Count of Turin. Postmarked December 3, 1900 and addressed to Madame Laure Erard at the Hotel Bellevue in…

Italian Postcard of a Woman and a Duel
Italian postcard depicting a glamorous woman holding a mixed school (scuola mista) fencing sword. Inset behind her is a a dueling scene with two combatants and their seconds.

Livorno Naval Academy Sala di Scherma
Postcard with a photograph of the gymnastics and fencing room (sala di ginnastica e scherma) at the Accademia Navale in Livorno, Italy.

"The Pleasures of the Barracks" - Sabre Assault Postcard
French postcard with a photograph of the inside of a military fencing school. Two fencers can be seen fencing with sabres as three other fencers and three uniformed soldiers observe. Foils and fencing masks (both padded and unpadded) line the wall…

Modena Infantry and Calvary Academy Postcard
Postcard with photograph of the fencing pavilion at the Regia Accademia di Fanteria e Cavalleria (Royal Infantry and Cavalry Academy) in Modena, Italy. In the large pavilion can be seen four rows of fencers practicing with fencing sabres. Two…

Sabre Exam at Joinville
Postcard with a photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville. Labeled as “Un Examen de Sabre” taken at Camp de St-Maur. Two instructors are observing two fencers, presumably mid-examination. The fencer on the…

Foil Fencing at Joinville
Postcard with photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville-le-Pont. Taken at Camp de St-Maur and labeled with "Escrime au Fleuret." A crowd watches three pairs of fencers. The two fencers in for foreground are…

Epee Assaults at Joinville
Postcard with photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville-le-Pont. Taken at Camp de St-Maur. Even though the postcard is labeled as “Assaut de Fleuret,” the group of fencers in this photograph are fencing with…

Epee Competition at Joinville
Postcard with photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville-le-Pont. Taken at Camp de St-Maur labeled as “Une Poule a I’Epee." A crowd watches two epee fencers as a director holds their points together prior to…

Sabre Fencing at Joinville
Postcard with photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville. Labeled as “Division d’Escrime” taken at Camp de St-Maur. In the photograph you can see fencers fencing sabre. The fencer on the right is seen…

Gonzaga Institute Fencing Examination
Photo postcard depicting the fencing portion of the final physical education exam at Istituto Gonzaga, Milan, Italy. Elementary students form fourteen rows and five ranks with sabres in hand.

Street Sweeping at Joinville
Postcard with photograph from the Ecole Normale Militaire de Gymnastique et d'Escrime at Joinville-le-Pont. A group of men in white uniforms (La Corvée de Quartier) clean the street at Camp de Saint-Maur, sweeping and shoveling debris into a…
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