"Cockfight wagerers" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Fighting Cocks with Owners/Trainers. The men holding the two roosters are owners and/or trainers. At this point, spurs have been strapped on, and the men are perhaps beginning pre-combat rituals to incite furious aggression: carrying the birds to the center of the arena, bending each bird's neck sideways, letting each bird peck the other's neck. Before the fight, gamblers close to the dirt arena place their paper money bets on the ground. Away from the arena, a bookie 'seemed to just take the money from guys all through the group, each telling the bookie which bird they were favoring.' Such betting on cockfights can be huge, and large sums of money can change hands. On Luzon, for example, one American pilot reported that 'On my three fights -- with my excellent bird -- I averaged [won] about seven or eight hundred dollars." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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Dulag, Leyte, The Philippines
From the Collection of Fred Hill
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