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    1909 Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Contract Signing Cabinet Photograph. For the racist element of white America, the national nightmare begins. Though Jack Johnson had claimed the Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1908 with his victory over Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia, it was only with his 1910 destruction of Jeffries that the American public felt forced to accept his reign. This rather playful image of the contract signing belies the ugly sentiments that boiled beneath the surface (though surely we would not suggest that every white American felt threatened by Johnson's emergence). The photo appears to have been issued as some form of alcohol advertisement, as text at bottom right states, "Signing of the articles of the Jeffries-Johnson contest over a case of Pommery." Johnson is easy to spot, and Jeffries sits at the left shoulder of the mustached man at center, identified as promoter George Little. Near the right edge we see the familiar face of American League (baseball) president Ban Johnson, posing with his doppelganger son. The piece hasn't been examined outside of the frame, but the 14x13" viewable area elicits few condition concerns, mainly a chip to the cardboard mount at upper left corner. Professionally matted and framed behind glare-proof glass to dimensions of twenty-two inches square. Third party shipping required.

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