Fencing and savate; France, c. 1920

Fencing and Savate

Fencing and Savate

French gymnasium, with students practicing fencing and savate…

This undated French postcard features a “salle de jeux et d’escrime“… gym and fencing salle of the Pensionnat de l’Ecole Moyenne de l’Etat in Visé. In the foreground, a pair of boys practices the kicks of la boxe française or savate. Another pair, in the background, is engaging in the boxing aspects of that game.

To the left, a pair of boys poses with fencing sabers, while behind them, two older boys are taking a picture-perfect en guarde position with foils. Other boys, seated, are waiting for their turn holding fencing foils.

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