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    Jess Willard & Buffalo Bill Show: Rare Pennant, circa 1917. In 1915, Willard fought Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, and beat him. Heralded as the "Great White Hope," Willard, capitalizing on his boxing fame, had a short-lived acting career; he had his own vaudeville show, appeared in the feature film The Challenge of Chance, and, true to his cowboy roots, joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He was bringing in top dollar for these appearances until Willard lost his world championship to Jack Dempsey in 1919. Measures approximately 28.5" x 10". From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Condition: Very good, has small hole on the left hand side, color seems to be light.

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