Cockfights 1

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Item Details

Title

Cockfights 1

Subject

Animals
Native peoples

Description

"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)

Creator

Hill, Fred

Date

11/26/1944

Contributor

Helten, Paula (curator)

Rights

(c)Eastern Oregon University. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/). Acknowledgement of Eastern Oregon University as a source is required. For print quality images, prints, or high resolution tiff files, or commercial uses please contact the Library Director at Eastern Oregon University.

Identifier

2010.1.1473

Spatial Coverage

Dulag, Leyte, The Philippines

Provenance

From the Collection of Fred Hill

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