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Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries fight in Reno, July 4th 1910. Photo album with over 100 vintage photos, many notations in white pen on the black pages. Prints on P.O.P. paper in sizes 5 ¼ x 4 x 3 ½ - inches to 4 ¾ x 6 ½ inches, mostly 2 to a page. Most are by Dana, San Francisco. This heavyweight title bout was one of the great matches in the sport and a dark milestone in U.S. racial relations. Johnson was a high-living black man who had defeated Tommy Bums in Australia. When he returned to the U.S. he was vilified because of his race, and there was a search to find a "Great White Hope"-a white boxer who would challenge him. One was found in Jeffries, a retired former champion. Johnson's victory unleashed a storm of racist protests and riots.With just a few exceptions all the photographs have rich content, from scenes before and after the match, to numerous action shots, often with the round indicated. At the end there is a 6 ¼ x 4 ¼ - inch matte pop of Frank Gotch wrestling, and two printed post cards each of Gotch and Hackenschmidt.


Tones vary from light but quite legible to near rich. [2]

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Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries fight in Reno, July 4th 1910.

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000Jul 17