JACK DEMPSEY - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 283652
Sale Price $292.50
This great piece of boxing and New York City history is a picture post card from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant. It's signed with "Good Luck" by former heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey and has a color reproduction of James Montgomery Flagg's Jack Dempsey Knocks Out Jess Willard. Dempsey's restaurant operated in Manhattan from 1935 to 1974.
Picture post card signed "Good Luck/Jack Dempsey" in blue ink. Color, 5¼x3¼. Picture post card from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant in New York City. Color reproduction of Jack Dempsey Knocks Out Jess Willard by James Montgomery Flagg with facsimile signature on front. Blank message side. In 1935, eight years after retiring from boxing, Dempsey opened Jack Dempsey's Restaurant on 8th and 50th Street, across from Madison Square Garden. He later moved his restaurant to Broadway between 49th and 50th Streets and renamed it Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant. The Broadway restaurant was closed in 1974. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey (1895-1983, born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado) met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, Ohio. Dempsey won on a 3rd-round knockout. During the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process. His fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921 produced boxing's first $1 million gate. He lost his title to Gene Tunney on Sept. 23, 1926 in a 10-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 knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Lightly toned and bowed. Light impressions from verso and scratches on image (not visible head-on). Light chipping at top edge of image. Lightly worn and creased corners. Otherwise in fine condition.
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