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JACK DEMPSEY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNY COULON - HFSID 275154

JACK DEMPSEY and JOHNNY COULON The former bantamweight champ shows off his famous show biz trick. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my friend/Mike Pecsok/lots of luck/Jack Dempsey", "To/Mike Pecsok/from/Johnny Coulon/Bantamweight/Champion of the World/1907-1914"

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JACK DEMPSEY and JOHNNY COULON
The former bantamweight champ shows off his famous show biz trick.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my friend/Mike Pecsok/lots of luck/Jack Dempsey", "To/Mike Pecsok/from/Johnny Coulon/Bantamweight/Champion of the World/1907-1914". Vintage b/w, 10x8, affixed to black sheet of same size. Dempsey is observing wrestler/actor Bull Montana trying to life Coulon. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," JACK DEMPSEY (1895-1983) was World Heavyweight Champion from 1919-1926. Dempsey won the title from Jess Willard in 1919. Over the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process, including boxing's first $1 million gate for his fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier (1921). He lost his title to Gene Tunney on September 23, 1926 in a ten-round decision after which he retired. Named the greatest fighter of the half-century in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he won 60 professional fights, (49 by knockouts), while losing only seven. JOHNNY COULON (1889-1973) won 56 pro fights while losing only 4. In the army during World War I, he taught hand to hand combat. Later he was a successful trainer and manager of a Chicago gym where many of boxing's greats, including Dempsey, Tunney, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali practiced their skills. Coulon also had a stage act in which he challenged people to pick him up. This might have seemed an easy thing to do, but Coulon's trick, as shown in this photo, was to feign a struggle while pressing a nerve in the neck of the "assailant." BULL MONTANA (1887-1950), born Lewis Montagna in Italy, was a professional wrestler who moved into films. He usually played heavies in silent and early talking films, but also proved adept at comic roles. Lightly creased, mostly in corners. Slightly soiled. Slightly rippled from mounting adhesive on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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