1906 Joe Gans vs. Battling Nelson Presentational Photo Album by Dana
In the days of bare-knuckle boxing, one fight stands out as the most epic, most legendary clash of fist against flesh. This was no mere fight, but a war waged by two soldiers with the power of all the world's armies in their arms. This nigh-mythic fight in the Nevada goldfields was the clash of Joe Gans vs. Oscar "Battling" Nelson on Labor Day, September 3rd, 1906. The fight lasted a whopping 48 rounds. The film company ran out of money (and film) in the 38th round and had to stop shooting, so there is no filmed record of who actually won, but Battling Nelson delivered a low blow in the 48th round and was disqualified, with Joe Gans winning by default. Gans scored two knockdowns and had his opponent out on his feet on two other occasions when the granite-chinned Nelson was saved by the bell. Nelson absorbed a frightful beating, his left eye was closed and he was bleeding from his ears, mouth, and nose, as well as cuts on his face. This presentational album of significant importance hails from the very best boxing photo studio of the time: P.F. Dana. Front of album is printed in gold and says, "Photos, Incident To The Gans-Nelson Fight At Goldfield, Sept. 13, 1906. Photos by P.F. Dana." 122 photos in total of varying sizes. Spine of album is loose, and bottom right cover has a small tear. Album is Very Good, while photos mounted on the black pages are mostly EX-MT or better.