Little Apache!

by John Holbo on August 8, 2010

You probably think I have a thing for boxers from the early 20th Century? I have a thing for the Library of Congress’ photo sets. Here’s another boxer, Charles “Little Apache” Ledoux:

I like the way the angle on the corner and extra high wainscoting makes it look like “Little” might indeed be only 24″ tall. He is awesome. I want Charles “Little Apache” Ledoux, ‘the two-foot terror on two feet!’ fanfic. I want serialized boys weekly tales to amaze and uplift!

Other photos of boxers in the same room. (You can click around.)



Peter 08.08.10 at 4:40 am

According to his biography on, “Little Apache” was just over five feet tall. That would be five or six inches shorter than the typical bantamweight today, and even back then would have been definitely on the vertically challenged side.


David 08.08.10 at 5:48 pm

Not photos of boxers, but gorgeous photos done for the socialist Farm Security Administration from 1939-43.


Dave S. 08.10.10 at 12:46 pm

That high wainscoting looks temporary. Is it meant to represent the height of the ropes around the boxing ring?


John Holbo 08.11.10 at 12:34 am

I think it’s just a rather oddly wall-papered gym, Dave S. Since it looks the same in the other photos. (But what do I know of gyms from the 1910’s.)

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