circa 1935. Color Lithographic Print Inscribed and signed,"To my old pal Larry, Best of luck always / Jack Dempsey / P.S. Will see you soon to go hunting with Max," one page, 22" x 11.5", New York, circa 1935. Vertical fold line, a few minor creases, else fine condition.Wonderful large inscribed lithographic print of James Montgomery Flaggâs painting of the Dempsey-Willard fight (the original of which hung in Dempseyâs restaurant).The recipient of this inscribed print, Canadian rodeo star Robert âLarryâ Cameron, was a close friend of heavyweight champion Max Baer, who worked for Cameron as a spokeman and celebrity âsalesmanâ for his Sacramento auto dealership. Jack Dempsey had befriended Baer early in Baerâs career after Baer had killed a man in the ring in 1930, an event which devastated him. Dempseyâthe âManassa Maulerââboasted a record-breaking boxing career (64-6-9, with 49 knockouts) that ended with the notorious âBattle of the Long Count.â 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. (Inventory #: 53407)
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