Epee Fencing; USA, c. 1920

The earliest documented incident of posting?

The earliest documented incident of posting?

Olympic pentathlete Patton would have been proud…

That extra two inches...

That extra two inches…

This early American photograph shows two epee fencers fencing in front of a mixed military and civilian audience. At least the fencer to the right is a member of the U.S. military.

The fencer to the left hefts his weapon at the pommel…providing us with probably the earliest iconographic proof of modern “posting” in U.S. epee fencing.

(As everything in history, it turns out that it has been done before. For the current “earliest” evidence of posting/pommeling, click here…)