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Pack some wallop into your boxing collection with this lot of “Brown Bomber” collectibles. Long reigning champion Joe Louis ruled boxing’s heavyweight division for a record twelve years from 1937-1949, establishing himself as one of the sport’s true greats. A bidding slugfest is sure to breakout over this fascinating group of Louis related items.
Ever questing for pertinent knowledge, the Haskin Information Service of Washington, DC conducted steadfast research in pursuit of fulfilling its ambitions, including the (4) letters offered here, which are all in above average to better condition.
Chief in importance are (2) military documents with a 7/25/42 War Department postcard addressed to the Haskin Service in receipt of a letter regarding “Joe L. Barrow (Louis) Army serial number 32193789”, signed by Major General J.A. Ulio as The Adjutant General; and an 8/4/42 letter on Headquarters Cavalry Replacement Training Center No. 1777, Fort Riley, Kansas letterhead also addressed to the Haskin Service with content stating “Corporal Joseph Louis Barrow was promoted from the grade of Private to Corporal on May 28, 1942 at Camp Upton, New York”, signed by George L. Morris, Major, Cavalry, Classification Officer. A handwritten notation is also present on this letter, noting Louis’ eventual promotion to sergeant, presumably applied by someone from the Haskin Service. This notation does not affect the letter’s typed content.
The other (2) letters are correspondence addressed to Nat Fleischer, founder of The Ring magazine. Both are on Haskin service letterhead with typed inquiries from Haskin and written responses from unknown members of the Ring staff. One letter is dated 2/3/48 with content regarding Louis’ second fight vs. Bob Pastor. The other letter is dated 1/4/54 with content regarding Louis’ position as co-promoter of the International Boxing Club.
Rounding out this powerhouse offering is an 11x14 photo print of Louis and Primo Carnera weighing in for their 1935 bout. This handsome photo scores a (NM) rating with handsome gloss and clean, white borders. This prestigious photo is signed by photographer Joseph Baylor Roberts ("9"), who was is renowned for his marvelous body of work for National Geographic magazine and The Washington Times. Auction LOA from JSA.