WILLARD, JESS ANTIQUE PHOTO (1919-TRAINING FOR DEMPSEY)
On July 4,1919 on a blazing hot day in Toledo, Ohio Jack Dempsey ushered in a new era in boxing with his devastating victory over Jess Willard, then Heavyweight Champion. As America was at the dawn of the exciting "roaring 20's" it had a new and exciting champion to go with it, Jack Dempsey. Offered here is a rare, original, first generation photograph of Jess Willard at his training camp prior to the Dempsey fight. From the collection of journalist Steve Mahoney. This is an original, first generation photograph. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Clipped at lower left corner. Has several creases. Closed tear at upper border. Edge wear. 5" x 7."