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7.5" x 9.5" [10" x 12" mount]  mounted photo of Jim Jeffries on his farm in Burbank with his pup, with a handwritten copyright of 1906 By Jas. J. Jeffries and Jas. M. Johnson [perhaps the photographer], captioned "The Good Friends" in pencil on the mount.  Purportedly from his estate.

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10.5" x 13" print of Jim Jeffries.  The photographers' imprint at the bottom right is the famous Dana Studio in San Francisco.  Judging from the look of the image, the imprint and Jeffries' appearance, I'd say this is a 1910 image shot of him at either the Hotel Rowardennan, near Santa Cruz CA, or Reno NV, when he was in training for the Johnson fight.

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A 1910 Dana snapshot of Jeffries, about postcard sized on thin photo paper.

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9" x 14" print of Peter Jackson.  This is an ink-signed Dana Studios original, meaning that the writing on it was applied in india ink by someone at Dana.  I suspect it was wider but has some damage to the left edge.

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Hall of Famer Fred Welsh in a 1911 photo by noted sports photographer George Grantham Bain.

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1915 Hall Studio Benny Leonard.  I was able to track the date because it is from the same photo session as the image used for a 1915 self-issued publicity card.

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1917 Benny Leonard

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1918 Benny Leonard joins the Army.

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Leonard in the Army during WWI

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A double-weight wet signed portrait of Georges Carpentier from the Geisler-Andrews studio, a business that operated from 1917-1921.

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11 x 14 1921 photo of a boxing gathering at Vernon, CA at the PCL stadium there. Boxers include Jack Jeffries, Willie Ritchie, Kid McCoy, Jim Jeffries, Tom Sharkey, Jack Root, Billy Papke, Al Kaufman, Tommy Ryan, Charlie Eyton (referee), Ad Wolgast, Joe Rivers.

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A 1921 portrait of The Great Bennah in his prime.

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July 4, 1922 news photo showing Benny Leonard knocking down Rocky Kansas.

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This Hall photo of Gene Tunney is one of a series.  A very early example of a Tunney self-issued publicity photo.  The writing on the back purportedly is that of Tunney's manager; I have no indication that is an accurate statement.

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1924 Paramount publicity photo of Jim Corbett on set for the filming of a movie.

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This is a 1924 photo entitied "Boxing Fraternity Los Angeles Santa Fe Station to see Commissioner Seth W. Streilinger off for Europe."  It depicts the 1924 Olympic boxers from L.A. prior to departure for the games, seeing off Streilinger, a boxing commissioner for CA in the 1920s.  Jackie Fields and Fidel La Barba, the two HOF boxers shown, were Los Angeles-based teammates on the 1924 U.S. Olympic team. Some of the other named subjects were local fighters, managers or promoters during the 1920s. Walter Yarwood served as secretary of the commission from 1924-1926.  Commissioner Louis Almgren was ousted from office in 1928. Georgie Rivers was a local club fighter in the 1920s. In the very back is Chief Meyers, the old Giants catcher who was out of baseball and gradually becoming involved in boxing.  He would eventually become a commissioner.

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Here is a 1925 wire photo announcing the news of Battling Siki's murder [the back and editorial 'slug' with the news is the next image].  The Sensational Senegalese was found dead on the street in New York in December 1925 with a "stab or bullet wound" (it was the former) in his back.

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Here is a publicity still from the 1925 silent film Hogan's Alley.  There are two Exhibit cards from this picture picturing star Monte Blue with Jim Jeffries.  The photo is noteworthy because it depicts Jeffries with some of the most prominent boxers who worked in films of the era, notably Kid Lewis and Joe Rivers, both of whom are on movie Exhibit cards (uncredited).  Also included are Ad Wolgast and Tommy Ryan.

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A stil from Benny Leonard's 1925 serial "Flying Fists."

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Another Flying Fists still

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1920s publicity photo of Kid Kaplan, the Meriden Buzzsaw.

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Another publicity piece of the Kid, this one signed.

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1920s publicity photo of Armand Emanuel, a Jewish heavyweight contender from the west coast who was also a practicing attorney.

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1920s signed Emanuel publicity photo

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1920s Young Stribling promotional photo.  He was a lieutenant in the reserves and died in a car wreck in 1933.

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1920s Spanish Basque heavyweight contender Paolino Uzcudun promotional photograph.

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Max Schmeling publicity photo, ca. 1920s as he is listed as a contender rather than a champ or ex-champ.

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Another 1920s Schmeling.  He looked so young!

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A 1920s portrait of Smiling Mickey Walker.

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An early 1920s linen paper portrait of Sammy Mandell, the Rockford Sheik, from a Rockford studio.

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1920s photo of Tommy Gibbons used as a premium of some type by Boxing Blade magazine.

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1920s publicity photo of Kid Francis, who was sent to Auschwitz during WWII and killed there.

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A 1925 French studio portrait of Francis.  The portrait was in the archive of Le Petit Parisien, a newspaper run by the Dupuy family.  After WWII Pierre Dupuy, the publisher, was accused of collaborating with the Nazis and while he was acquitted, the paper was destroyed as a result.

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French boxing promoter Philippe Roth, autograph attached to a photo from the news archive.

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1920s publicity photo for Ad Stone.  This is typical of the images that Fowler produced for boxers.  The notation at the bottom is handwritten.  Max "Boo Boo" Hoff was a minor underworld figure in Philly who ran fighters.

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1920s photo of Benny Leonard at his dapper best.

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1920s Apeda Studio portrait of Jack Dempsey

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A 1920s Hollywood still of Dempsey, an unidentified man, and Tom Mix, from one of Mix and Dempsey's sparring sessions.  The image was used to make the E282 Oh Boy card.

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A snapshot of Gene Tunney training.

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1926 lobby card for Gene Tunney's film "The Fighting Marine."

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Another shot from the film

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Gene Tunney photo signed and inscribed January 30, 1927, during his reign as heavyweight champion.

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An iconic National portrait of Tunney from his peak in the late 1920s.

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Hand tinting of photographs was a common art form in the early 20th century.  This Maxie Rosenbloom was tinted and hand-inked as well with the French language caption.  Photo is 9.5" x 12"

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A spectacular Max Baer 8 x 10, inscribed and signed on 8/25/1934, during his one-year reign as heavyweight champion.

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A portait of Jimmy McLarnin dating to 1934-35, which is when he held the title.

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1937 Veteran Boxers Association of Illinois presentation photo inscribed to HOF sportswriter Grantland Rice.  L to R: Jimmie Barry, Harry Forbes, Johnny Coulon, Battling Nelson, Buddy Ryan, George Gardner

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1938 wire photo from the signing for the 2nd Joe Louis fight depicting Max Schmeling with promoter Mike Jacobs

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1939 wire photo of Davie Day vs. Pedro Montanez.  Day was a Jewish fighter whose real name was Daitch.  Montanez, a HOFer, was billed as the "Puerto Rican Jew" in his fights.

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1930s autographed photo of middleweight champ Freddy Steele, the Tacoma Assassin.

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1930s publicity photo of Mike Belloise.  He and his brother Steve operated a bed and breakfast near a small town where my family had a home, something I never knew until I ran across a postcard of the joint.

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As the photo says, Seelig was stripped of his titles for anti-Semitic reasons and had the foresight to read the handwriting on the wall and get out of Nazi Germany.

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1930s snapshot of Jim Jeffries' Barn in Burbank, California, at the southwest corner of Victory and Buena Vista.

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Jeffries on the rancho in Burbank.

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Jeffries with his cattle on the Burbank rancho.

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A 1930s photo outside Jeffries' Barn showing Jeff with a prospective fighter and some local promoters.

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Another 1930s Jeffries Barn fight photo with Jeffries in the ring.

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This is a 1944 photo from Jeffries' Barn in Burbank, CA showing Jim Jeffries with various wrestling and boxing personalities, including Jim Londos, former sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, racer Barney Oldfield, boxer Ceferino Garcia, and some others I can't ID yet.  The photo has a wet ink signature and stamp of Jeffries' official photographer Charles F. Heath.

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Another shot of Jeffries with Sheriff Biscailuz and Oldfield.

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This series of three snapshots was taken at Joe Louis's training camp for his 1935 bout with Max Baer

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Two 5 x 7 images from the 1937 training camp for the Braddock title fight.

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1930s photo of the boxing and Hollywood glitterati at a fight in Los Angeles.  Standing L to R: Dan Toby, Bud Taylor (HOF), Jackie Fields (HOF), George Raft (actor), Ceferino Garcia, Ace Hudkins, Pat O'Brien (actor), James J. Braddock (HOF), unk, unk, Jack Root (HOF), Al McCoy, Tommy Ryan, Unk.
Kneeling L to R: Fidel La Barba, Jimmy McLarnin (HOF), Joe Rivers, Willie Ritchie, Gorilla Jones (HOF), Billy Coe.


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Tha dapper Mike Jacobs in the 1930s at the height of his power as a promoter.  This is a 2nd generation "photo of a photo" that Jacobs had earlier inscribed to Tom Sharkey

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1930s autographed publicity photo of Bob Pastor, best known for going 11 rounds with Joe Louis, winning 4 until he was KO'd.

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1930s publication art of Primo Carnera and Jess Willard.  I suppose the suggestion was that the two were like skyscrapers.  It is composed of two photos [Willard and Carnera] cut out and pasted on board with inked in details and silver ink used to remove details under Willard so it would appear he and Carnera were standing together.

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1930s press photo of Joe Louis and Hank Armstrong.  Louis had his own baseball team for exhibitions.

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1943 Wire photo of Allie Stoltz and Willie Pep slugging it out.  A whole crop of Jewish fighters from the late 1930s-early 1940s have no known boxing cards and can be collected only in other materials. Stoltz is one of them.

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Allie Stoltz publicity photo signed by Hy Caplin for himself and Stoltz.

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George Freedom Abrams.  Another WWII era Jewish fighter with basically no cards (there is an image of a postcard on my postcards page).  He was a top middleweight contender; Sugar Ray Robinson said Abrams was his toughest opponent.

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The Cocoa Kid was elected to the IBHOF in 2012 and is one of those black fighters from the interwar years with no known cards.

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The Ape signed publicity photo.  The style is practically the same as the Adam Hats H815 issue that Metropolitan shot.  Did they use the template or did Simon pose for an as yet undiscovered H815 card?

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WWII era premium of Jack Dempsey, autographed.  You see quite a few of these around, relatively speaking, though not always signed.  They appear to have been given to sailors who completed basic training in Dempsey's coast guard program in New York.  The image is a classic Apeda shot of Dempsey from the 1920s.

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1943 Hollywood Legion Stadium.  Left to Right: Jim Jeffries, Ceferino Garcia, Mushy Callahan, Jimmy McLarnin, Jack Root, Baby Arizmendi, Willie Ritchie, Johnny Indrisano
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When Giants Roamed The Earth: a WWII era picture of a meeting between two of my idols, Benny Leonard (far left) and Barney Ross (the Marine on the right).  Also present are fellow HOFers Tony Canzoneri and Mickey Walker.  One of the bravest, toughest men ever to come out of the United States, in addition to winning world titles as a boxer, Ross joined the Marines when WWII broke out, and asked to transfer from a training position in San Diego to active combat  He was awarded America's third highest military honor, the Silver Star with a Presidential Citation, for heroism on Guadalcanal. One night, he was one of four wounded Marines surrounded by enemy forces.  Ross, who was the only one able to fight, held their position and single-handedly killed nearly two dozen Japanese soldiers over a hellish night of battle, praying in Hebrew as he went. He then carried a fellow Marine to safety who outweighed him by about 90 pounds.

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1946 wire photo of Beau Jack and Danny Kapilow.

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Late 1940s photo of [L-R] Jim Braddock, Marcel Cerdan and George Abrams.

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Autographed French photo of Cerdan

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A 1949 photo labeled and inscribed by referee Benny Whitman depicting him with two unnamed boxers and IBHOFers Fidel La Barba, Gorilla Jones and "Homicide" Hank Armstrong.  The peculiar roof trussing behind them identifies this image as taken at the Derby in Hollywood, a club made famous in the movie Swingers

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Pre-championship Rocky Graziano promotional photo.

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Wire photo of Jim Jeffries at his home in Burbank, California on his 75th birthday in 1950.  The city shut down and held a holiday/celebration in honor of its most famous citizen.  Jeffries Avenue in Burbank was named for him.

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Jim Jeffries obituary and photo

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Early 1950s Archie Moore promotional photo.

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1951 Joey Maxim publicity photo and mailing envelope.  The photo is signed but the ink has faded away so that all that is left is the indentation that the pen made.

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This Floyd Patterson promotional card was used in a newspaper in January 1953, so it is a very early item.

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Sonny Liston publicity photo at his prime.

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Easily the best Cassius Clay piece I could imagine owning, a publicity photo and accompanying letter from shortly before the first Liston fight.

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1967 press photo of Muhammad Ali.

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1967 press photo of Muhammad Ali.

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1974 wire photo from the signing for the Foreman-Norton championship fight.  Gotta love the 1970s fashions.  I need a hat like that...

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Joe Frazier also tried his hand at singing.  Scary, right?

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One of the hardest-hitting heavyweights of all time, just a notch below the quartet of Ali-Frazier-Foreman-Norton, Earnie Shavers.

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Cuevas publicity photo

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Randall Tex Cobb, a fearsome but not high caliber heavyweight.  Noted more for his witticisms in the ring than for his talent.

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A pre-1926 Gene Tunney promotional photo.  5 x 7.

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Gene Tunney and Cuco Conde, the Cuban HOF broadcaster.

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1990s British television promo photo of Lennox Lewis.

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Oscar De La Hoya signed inscribed photo.  What can one say about the Golden Boy?

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Ollie Pecord, a referee most famous for handling the 1919 Willard-Dempsey bout.

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Frankie Farren. This was the image used on his 1922 Exhibit card

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Sugar Ray Robinson tenderizes Randy Turpin's face.

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