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(2) Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries Postcards From July 4, 1910 "Fight of the Century"

Lot Number 1148

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A raw power and undaunted competitor during an era of strict racial segregation, Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson backed his bold demeanor with savage beatings in the ring. As reigning champion (following six years of being able to compete at the “colored” level only), Johnson took center stage at the “Fight of the Century” against James Jeffries. Before a raucous crown in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, Jeffries pummeled his opponent to dispel any doubts as to his title. Issued to help promote the historic bout, these (2) original postcards are rare survivors from an event that, in terms of physical memorabilia, is all but lost to time. The thick stock souvenirs measure 3-1/2 x 5-1/2” with artist’s renderings on the obverse. The layouts are basically the same, but each “promotes” a different fighter. One reads: “Wont in be a DARK Fourth of July if the eclipse looks like this?” (with a smiling Jack Johnson image obscuring a likeness of a distraught Jeffries). The second postcard reads: “Wont it be a LIGHT Fourth of July if the eclipse looks like this?" (with Jeffries overlapping Johnson). The reverses are unmarked. The items present nicely, with minor upper right corner creases on both, as well as soft corners throughout.

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