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    Jack Dempsey Signed 5x7. Our first impression of this signed photo belies its full meaning. Generically personalized "To a pal," we'd think that it is nothing more than an interruption in Dempsey's schedule. However, it will be remembered that the 'Manassa Mauler' was sharply criticized by the media and public for "sidestepping" duty in WWII. (He worked in a war-effort shipyard, though continued to box.) When WWII ignited, Dempsey was in his mid 40's. And despite that he had but an 8th-grade education, he was commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Commander. His principal duty in that uniformed capacity was to direct a physical fitness program at Manhattan Beach, California. And when we examine the reverse of this signed photo, we read a thorough synopsis of that training course. We therefore have every reason to believe that any Coast Guard shipmate who completed his instruction received one of these signed photo, simply "to a pal." This is a great piece to neutralize the negative image of Dempsey that's been perpetuated to the present. LOA from James Spence at PSA/DNA, dated 2004.

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