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Boxing kangaroo, c 1936.


Boxing kangaroo, c 1936.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A snapshot photograph of a kangaroo dresed in boxing gloves and body suit inside a circus big top. Kangaroo boxing was popular in many circus shows at the time although it may be considered cruel today. The kangaroo looks to have got the upper hand in this match as his human opponent is doubled over in pain at the edge of the ring. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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