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Vintage Jack Johnson Postcard Collection (29)

Vintage Jack Johnson Postcard Collection (29)

<p>At the height of his fame, Jack Johnson was the most famous African American in the world. Presented is a varied collection of postcards of this iconic champion. For years the "Colored" Heavyweight World Champion, Johnson overcame the extensive racial prejudice of the time to win the World Heavyweight Championship on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns. His biggest fight was against former World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries on July 4, 1910, in Reno, Nevada when he defeated Jeffries in what was termed 'The Fight of the Century." Jeffries had been retired and came out of retirement to face Johnson. Jeffries suffered a TKO in the 15th round, and the fight removed all doubts about Johnson's being the world's best heavyweight. Race riots broke out in 25 states. Because Johnson dated white women and married a white woman, he was the target of much racial hatred from bigots, and he even served a prison term for violation of the Mann Act, as he was convicted on a racially motivated charge of transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes. Some of these are very rare postcards that we have not seen before. O<span style="font-size: 10pt;">verall Good to Very Good. A few are trimmed or have back damage. Many are postmarked. M</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">ost are from the 1910s. T</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">wo are postcard sized photos with no postcard backs. There is&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">even one of Mrs. Jack Johnson, sporting a hat in the flapper style of the times. The postcards contain action shots of Johnson in the ring, posed shots showing his stance and physique, and personal ones, even one with his mother. Great collection of vintage Jack Johnson postcards, most from over a century ago.</span></p>

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