circa 1935 · n.p.
Wonderful large inscribed lithographic print of James Montgomery Flagg’s painting of the Dempsey-Willard fight (the original of which hung in Dempsey’s restaurant).The recipient of this inscribed print, Canadian rodeo star Robert “Larry” Cameron, was a close friend of heavyweight champion Max Baer, who worked for Cameron as a spokeman and celebrity “salesman” for his Sacramento auto dealership. Jack Dempsey had befriended Baer early in Baer’s career after Baer had killed a man in the ring in 1930, an event which devastated him.
Dempsey—the “Manassa Mauler”—boasted a record-breaking boxing career (64-6-9, with 49 knockouts) that ended with the notorious “Battle of the Long Count.” In 1935 he opened a successful restaurant on Broadway between 49th and 50th, at whose cloth-covered tables celebrities gathered and tourists ogled. The original painting for this print, by famous magazine illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, hung in the restaurant.
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