JACK WALKER : ITALIAN-CONGOLESE CHAMPION BOXER OF THE 1920″S

This vintage real photo postcard features boxer Jack Walker (Leone Jacovacci). His story is fascinating. He was born in Pomba (Belgian Congo) in 1902. His father was an Italian agronomist and his mother was Congolese.  At age three, his father took him away from his mother and went to Italy where he left Jack to be raised by grandparents. Jack’s dad returned to the Congo. The child was a victim of racism in Italy so at sixteen years of age, he went to work as a “cabin boy” on a British ship. After arriving in England, he changed his name to John Douglas Walker, thinking the English name would help him be more socially accepted. He enlisted and served in the British army. Upon discharge, he learned to box in England and began his fighting career. During his boxing career he weighed about 150 pounds and his height was 5″ 10″. His final record as a fighter was 21 Wins, 22 Losses, and 5 Ties. His official record is thought to be incomplete. He began boxing in 1920 and his career ended in 1932. His fights were in Europe. He fought in England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Austria, Denmark, and Spain. He fought using Italian citizenship and became the Middleweight Champion of Europe. Despite a number of successes in the ring, Jack never was accepted in Italy the way he would have liked. The racist and fascist society did not allow him to really feel like a full Italian citizen or enjoy the fruits of his boxing successes. After ending his boxing career, he became a wrestler for a few years and moved to France. He was trapped there through World War II. His companion, Berthe Salmon, changed her last name to avoid being identified as Jewish. Berthe gave birth to their only child, a daughter. Post war, he worked for the United Nations and assisted refugees. Later he was employed as a bit player in the Italian film industry. In his old age, he worked as an apartment doorman and janitor. Walker died in Milan, Italy in 1983. This postcard was published by Dix, a company located in Paris. Apparently, they published a series of portraits of boxers of the day. The Cabinet Card Gallery has another postcard from the series (Pierre Calloir: French Bantam Weight). This vintage photo portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A DAPPER “CYCLING GENT” AND HIS OSMOND BICYCLE

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This vintage real photo postcard features a well dressed gentleman posing with his bicycle. Although this is a studio photo, the bicyclist looks like he is ready to go for a ride. His attire is such that his lower pant legs are prevented from becoming entangled in the spokes of his bicycle tires. The gent is wearing a bicycle club badge on his cap. A note on the reverse of the postcard states “Osmond Cycle”. The Osmond Cycle Company was located in Birmingham, England. Frederick John Osmond was born in 1867. He was a bicycling super star. He later manufactured bicycles under his own name. He was managing director and works manager of his firm, which employed 120 people. He was a trained engineer who joined the Whitworth Company in Birmingham as the cycle department manager. He began there in 1891 but after being demoted to make room for the owners son, Osmond left and he and his brother opened their own bicycle company. At that point in time, Osmond was a legend in the sport of bicycling. He won his first major title on a tricycle in 1887. He was only a one year veteran in the post at the time of his victory. Three years late, he began riding on two wheels and he dominated the one, five, twenty-five, and 50 mile events. Osmond’s company produced motorcycles between 1902 and 1925. The business was sold in 1911 but maintained the Osmond name until the late 1920’s. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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RUGBY ACTION : FOOTBALL INCIDENTS SERIES: RAPHAEL TUCK : (1907)

This action packed postcard features a rugby player getting past the defense and making a score (try). In rugby, a “try” earns moret points (5) than other type of scores. A “try” occurs when a player puts the ball down inside the opposing team’s designated area near the goal. This postcard was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons and is part of the “Oilette ” series (no. 1746). Oilette cards are copies of the work of commissioned artists. This postcard is part of a sub series entitled “Football Incidents”, and the card itself is captioned “A Try”. This rugby image was modeled after a black & white drawing by S. T. Dadd. The postcard was postmarked in 1907, but was issued in 1904. Raphael Tuck and his wife started their photography business in 1866 in London. Their store sold pictures, greeting cards, and in time, postcards. Their success came from the sale of postcards during the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. In the early 1900’s the firm conducted postcard competitions for collectors of Tuck postcards. These competitions offered cash prizes and they were very popular. The winner of one of these competitions had a collection consisting of over twenty-five thousand cards. Three of Tuck’s four sons participated in the business. The company was devastated by German bombing during World War II. In 1959 the company merged with two other printing companies. This postcard is in very condition (see scans).

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F. C. MULHOUSE: PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH SOCCER TEAM

mulhow rugby This vintage photograph features the F.C. Mulhouse (1945/46) soccer team. After examining this photo, I was positive that this team was a rugby team, rather than a soccer team. The men on the team are certainly a scrappy group. Some of the guys are built for a scrum. My guess is that the squad was composed of ex French soldiers. World War 2 had ended only a year before this photograph was taken. The Football Club de Mulhouse was established in 1893. The team is often referred to as FCM, or Mulhouse. The team is a French association football club. It is the second oldest football club in France. Mulhouse is a city in eastern France. It is located near the Swiss and German borders. During the times that the Alsace Region was controlled by Germany, the team and city was called Mulhausen. This photograph measures about 5″ x 3″ and is in very good condition.

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THE GIRLS OF SUMMER: WOMENS SOFTBALL TEAM (1934 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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This vintage photograph features a women’s softball team. Judging by their smiles, the ladies were in a happy mood at the time this photograph was taken. The image was produced in the year 1934 which the text on the photo indicates celebrates “a century of progress”. Two of the players are wearing baseball caps but no baseball equipment or team logo is visible in the photograph. At that time in softball history, many leagues required the players not to use gloves.  It is also notable that this team photo includes eleven players rather than the expected baseball nine. Women’s softball teams of that era employed ten players on the field with the tenth player occupying the position of short centerfield. Perhaps the eleventh player in the photo is the coach/manager or possibly a substitute. It is also interesting to note that “A Century of Progress” was the slogan for the 1933 World’s Fair.The exposition was held along the lakefront of Chicago, Illinois. The fair was operated from June 1-November 1, 1933, and May 26-October 31, 1934. It is a safe assumption that this image was taken at the Chicago Worlds Fair grounds. Softball was one of the few team sports available to women during the 1930’s, 1940’s,and 1950’s. During the 1930’s, softball was a very popular sport around the United States. In 1933 the newly established Amateur Softball Association sponsored the first national fast pitch softball tournament for women. The association tied the tournament to the Chicago Worlds Fair. In the initial competition, eight women’s teams competed against each other. It is worth mentioning that some sources report that the games were actually sponsored by a duo comprised of a sports writer and a sporting goods salesman. This wonderful memento of softball history measures 3″ x 4 3/4″ and based on the black paper residue on it’s reverse, once found it’s home in someone’s photo album. This vintage photo is in very good condition.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO HANDSOME AND FIT TENNIS PLAYERS

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This vintage photograph features two athletic and handsome men posing with tennis gear. They are holding racquets and one of them is grasping a tennis ball. These guys look like they exercise regularly. Judging by their smiles, they seem to be very happy. This snapshot measures about 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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GIRLS GYMNASTIC TEAM POSING BEHIND PARALLEL BARS (1925)

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a girls gymnastics team posing behind the parallel bars. The girls are wearing sailor type uniforms. Writing on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the photograph was taken in 1925.    (SOLD)

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“BATTLING LEVINSKY”: PROLIFIC JEWISH BOXER AND WORLD CHAMPION

Meet Barney Lebrowitz (1891-1949. He was known in the boxing world as “Battling Levinsky” and he was the world light heavyweight champion from 1916 until 1920. “Box Rec”, a boxing statistical website rates Levinsky as the 12th best light heavyweight of all-time. “Ring Magazine” placed him at 9th. He clearly was no slouch in the ring. He was named to the hall of fame for Ring Magazine, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Russia. He worked as a shoe shine boy and sold newspapers to help support his family. When he began boxing, he sold jewelry during the day, and boxed in the evenings in Philadelphia clubs and gyms. It is conjectured that he had his jewelry sales job in order to hide his boxing career from his parents. In 1906, Levinsky began his boxing career using the pseudonym of Barney Williams. He took on a manager named “Dumb” Dan Morgan in 1913. Morgan changed the boxer’s name and helped his career. Levinsky was known as a defensive fighter. Although he delivered few knockouts, he was adept at avoiding truly damaging blows. In 1913, to hide the fact that Levinsky was not a very aggressive fighter, Morgan added the “Battling” part of “Battling Levinsky’s” name. Levinsky was a prolific fighter. In his first hundred fights (1910-1914), he lost only three fights. Between 1914 and 1918, he fought 127 times. In 1914, he fought 37 times, 9 times in January alone. On New Years day in 1915, he had two bouts. One fight was in Brooklyn, New York, while the other was in Waterbury, Connecticut. Levinsky beat Jack Dillon in 1916 to gain the Light Heavyweight crown. He kept it until 60 fights later when he lost the championship to French fighter, Georges Carpentier. Levinsky fought all major challengers. His record includes losses to boxing greats, Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey. Levinsky’s official professional record indicates that he won 196 fights (including 30 knockouts), lost 54, and had 37 draws. After losing to Gene Tunney in 1922, he retired from boxing to enter the Real Estate business. He was drawn back to the ring in 1926 after experiencing some major financial losses. He returned as a heavyweight and fought 42 fights, losing just 12 bouts. His comeback ended in 1930. This vintage press photograph comes from the archives of the “Acme News Pictures Company”. This photograph measures about 7″ x 9″ and is in good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)                                                                                                            : 00

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PORTRAIT OF AN EARLY COLLEGE AGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

This vintage real photo postcard is a memento from the early history of football. This warrior of the gridiron stands at attention for his sports portrait. He appears to be college age and may be a member of a college football team. He is wearing his practice uniform and this image certainly reminds us of the major changes that have taken place over the years in the realm of sports equipment technology. This postcard has a divided back as well as a white border. It was likely produced during the White Border Era (1915-1930). The white borders were a method employed to help postcard publishers save on the expense of ink. This postcard is in good condition and the reverse of the card indicates that it once resided in a postcard album.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ICE SKATER AND HIS FRIEND IN MONROE, MICHIGAN

This vintage photograph features two young men wearing overcoats. The men are wearing gloves and are dressed for winter weather. One of the young men has a pair of ice skates draped over his shoulders. Perhaps his next stop, after having his portrait taken, is to a local frozen lake where he can enjoy some ice skating. This photo was taken at the Beck  studio in Monroe, Michigan. The photograph measures about 5″ x 7″ and is in very good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)

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