Friday, December 17, 2021

161,325 People Have Seen the Jeffries Johnson Fight Pictures -- December 17, 2021

James J Jeffries had been heavyweight boxing champion from 1899 to 1905, when he retired undefeated. He came back in 1910 to answer the pleas of racists who did not like Jack Johnson, an African-American, being heavyweight champ. They met in Reno, Nevada on 04-July-1910. Johnson dominated the fight for 15 rounds. Jeffries' corner threw in the towel so he would not get knocked out.

Many cities and states, fearing racial unrest, banned films of the fight. In 1912, Congress banned the interstate transportation of fight films.

I wonder how this print wound up in Illinois. 

"Made by a new process invented for the United States Army during the World War. Brings the fighters right in front of you. See these new 'Close-ups' just completed and running today..." What was this "new process" and how was it applied to an eleven-year-old film?


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