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    1910 Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Enormous Panoramic Photograph. Incredible image taken from the Reno boxing ring where Jack Johnson was about to assume the Heavyweight Championship of the World should give some indication of the bravery of this first African-American title holder. A sea of white faces greets the photographer here, all primed to hurl taunts at the man who would insult the "civilized" boxing world with his "unforgivable blackness" for the five years to come.

    With massive size to match its historical relevance, the image measures a full six feet (72") in width, with the eastern and western views stacked atop one another to a height of twenty inches (20"). The condition is remarkably strong considering the age and size, with some tearing along top and left edges, but nothing significant is lost to the damage and the photo displays impressively regardless. Small portrait images of Johnson and Jeffries appear at upper right, with famed promoters Tex Rickard and Jack Gleason balancing the composition at upper left.

    Text at center top reads, "Panorama of the Jeffries and Johnson Contest - Reno, Nevada - July 4th, 1910. Taken 30 Minutes Before Contest. Gate $270,775.00. Purse 121,000.00." Handwritten text at center appears to gift the relic to "The Ring" magazine founder Nat Fleischer. While any vintage photograph from this earth-shattering contest carries tremendous collecting appeal, a massive panorama such as this is a genuine treasure worthy of placement in the finest of private collections.

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