JACK DEMPSEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 100303
JACK DEMPSEY Jack Dempsey writes to Charles Edison, son of inventor Thomas A. Edison about the type of music that he enjoys. Typed Letter Signed: "Jack Dempsey", 1p, 8¼x10½. New Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, no date. To Charles Edison, son of inventor Thomas A.
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Jack Dempsey writes to Charles Edison, son of inventor Thomas A. Edison about the type of music that he enjoys.
Typed Letter Signed: "Jack Dempsey", 1p, 8¼x10½. New Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, no date. To Charles Edison, son of inventor Thomas A. Edison, Orange, New Jersey, who had asked Dempsey what kind of music he likes best. In full: "I am in receipt of your very kind letter of recent date for which accept my thanks. It is rather hard for me to specify any particular kind of music that I like best. Music in general is my weakness. Of course, I am more or less partial to sentimental ballads. In your letter you stated that you had enclosed a list of musical numbers of which you wished me to check off five or more. I regret sincerely not having found the list enclosed with your letter. If you care to mail me one I shall be happy to check it off and return to you at an early date. My kind wishes, and believe me to be Sincerely yours," Charles Edison ran the companies his father Thomas Edison founded. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, OH. 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 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 knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Light paper clip impression and pencil note (unknown hand) at upper left blank corner. Fine condition.
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