Boxing Photography Display of Minnesota Boxing History 1920s
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Here we have a rare boxing photo display from the roaring 1920s of St. Paul, Minnesota. The large lot of antique photographs came from the estate of an old boxer from the 20's. I believe his last name might be "Salvatore." This is a killer glimpse into the daily grind of making it as a boxer and promoter.
This rare photography set is complete with the boxer in action along with photos of the promoter doing his due diligence, even giving away tickets at the local dry goods store. Check out the scally cap on the lucky chap with the bag of flour. And don't miss the boxing photos on the background wall of the store. So wicked.
So here's rundown with each framed photo:
1. Four Gents in Front of the Train - The second from the left is the boxer from the photos in the ring. I'm not sure if the promoter in the other photos is on the far right. Can't tell. Either way, this pugilist is about ready to hit the rails for a fight. The framed piece measures about 9" wide x 7 1/2" tall. There is some creasing and small stains along the bottom of the photo. The backing is a little loose on this one. Easy fix.
2. Sparring in the Ring - Check out the sparring partner's face. That look says one thing: He's about to get clocked. Builds character. The framed piece measures about 15 1/2" wide x 10 1/2" tall. The sparring photo has some wrinkling evident when you shine light on it from an angle (pics available on request). Overall the piece is very solid. Great patina on the black frame.
3. Tickets at the Dry Goods Store - "My Friends Buy Tickets, Let's Remain Friends." Brilliant. I love how the exchange is happening over a massive chunk of raw meat. This photo has the words "St. Paul Daily News" embossed in the bottom right corner. The framed piece measures 9 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" tall. The backing is still holding but the tape is detaching slightly. Someone wrote "Aimworth" in pen on the reverse. The picture has a few tears along the promoters left arm.
4. Promoter at Work (or Play) - I'm not sure who had the idea for this photo shoot but I'm glad they did. The poses and settings are really cool. Unfortunately the third photo is damaged, on the reverse as well. You can still see he's smoking a cigar and checking out his Western Union telegrams. The framed piece measures just over 27" wide and 10" tall. The backing is holding, although the water damage is evident on one side.
Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship to the continental USA only. Free shipping on this lot. I'm keeping the set together for historical purposes.
Can we please go back to the 20s? Seriously. I love these rare and unusual photographs of American boxing history. Very cool and historical memorabilia. They'll look good anywhere, especially an old boxing gym. No flim flam about it.