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Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons On Site Fight Poster (July 4, 1923)

Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons On Site Fight Poster (July 4, 1923)

This is one of only a handful of known posters of its size to surface from this historic match in 1923 which squared off Jack Dempsey and Tommy Gibbons for the Heavyweight Championship Title. The fight itself became known as the "Rape of Shelby," as it nearly bankrupted the town. This poster embodies one of Boxing's more colorful stories which showcased high hopes hammered by greed with the world championship on the line, all taking place in an Old West setting which was strangely appropriate. The poster is printed on coated calendar paper by the Tribune Printing Co. of Great Falls, Montana, and it was distributed to national outlets from San Francisco to New York in an effort to promote the fight. The vintage poster measures 21" x 38" and has been restored and slightly trimmed at the two sides. Prior to restoration the poster was described as "bands of discoloration at top and bottom, surface paint accretion at bottom, spatter accretions which appear to be fly speck, bright spot upper center." Since then the poster has been surface cleaned and linen-backed. The 2 1/4" frame includes stained wood with brass inlay. The condition of the frame overall is VG with the original patina. There is some flaking of the brass. Boxing promotional posters from this era are in high demand, especially those which feature the legendary Jack Dempsey.


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