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MAX SCHMELING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/02/1975 - HFSID 157769

Max Schmeling sends New Year Wishes to a fan. Typed Letter signed: "yours/Max Schmeling" in German, 1p, 8¼x11¾. Hollenstedt (West Germany), 1975 January 2. To Mr. Buchanan. In full: "For your good wishes for the New Year, heartfelt thanks from my wife and me.…"

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MAX SCHMELING
Max Schmeling sends New Year Wishes to a fan.
Typed Letter signed: "yours/Max Schmeling" in German, 1p, 8¼x11¾. Hollenstedt (West Germany), 1975 January 2. To Mr. Buchanan. In full: "For your good wishes for the New Year, heartfelt thanks from my wife and me. We were very pleased by your greetings and wish you for the year 1975 good health and much success. Kind regards". Schmeling has handwritten "Dear Mr. Buchanan:" in English. Max Schmeling (1905-2005) became World Heavyweight Champion in 1930, when he defeated Jack Sharkey for the title vacated by Gene Tunney in 1928. In 1932, Sharkey won the title in a 15-round decision over Schmeling. At Yankee Stadium in 1936, Schmeling scored a twelfth round knockout of the previously undefeated Joe Louis. In a closely followed rematch at Yankee Stadium in 1938, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. Despite Nazi efforts to promote him as a symbol of Aryan supremacy, Schmeling refused Hitler's personal request to join the Nazi party and secretly protected German Jews at great risk to himself. A Coca Cola executive after World War II, Schmeling became a close friend of Joe Louis and served as a pallbearer at Louis' funeral (1981). Folds, minor surface creases. Creased at corners. Overall, fine condition.

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