This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/15/2023

Offered is a early 20th Century stereoviewer wtih a 1910 stereoview card of Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jack Johnson. When placed in the wooden viewer and adjusted for the viewers eyes, the Champ is instantly in 3D, sitting at his piano in his Chicago home. Before motion pictures existed, purveyors of photography were alwyas seeking to improve the art and desirability of the form to attract consumers. Stereoviewers were a mighty advancement towards bringing people the wider world in the palm of their hand. Johnson became the first black world heavyweight boxing champion on December 26, 1908, with his victory over the reigning world champion, Canadian Tommy Burns, at the Sydney Stadium in Australia. His subsequent title defense in 1910 against retired champion James J. Jeffries was dubbed the "fight of the century." Johnson is considered the first civil rights hero of the 20th Century, not only for his exploits in the ring but also for his battle for equality in his peronal life.  The card measures 3 1/2 x 7 inches and presents slightly curled. The viewer itself presents in perfect working condition but does show signs of use with scratches and scuffing. Excellent condition.

1910 Jack Johnson "Champion of the World" Stereoview Card and Period Stereoview Viewer
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium: $173
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids:3
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