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1927 Dempsey vs. Tunny

1927 Dempsey vs. Tunny "Long Count" Mutoscope Marquee.

 Mutoscopes were the YouTube of the 1920's and allowed viewers to enjoy a video-like experience through the rapid movement of individual photographic images. On offer here is a marquee from one such contraption. It advertises the most famous sporting event of the decade, the second Dempsey-Tunney bout (also known as, "The Long Count Fight"). The maroon/gold/green/white hand-painted marquee (19.5x10.5") reads "Real Movies! Dancing Boxers. 5 cents" and features a real image (7x8") from the bout affixed at the center. Considering its ninety-year plus vintage, the piece is exceptionally good condition with relatively minor wear and ageing.

 


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