[Various places in Oklahoma: ca. 1920]. Eight broadsides, measuring from 9.5 x 7 to 15 x 11 inches. Varying degrees of wear, with some scattered chips and closed tears at edges. Even tanning. Overall, good plus. Item #2297
Eight broadsides, including one duplicate, for professional wrestling matches in Oklahoma and Kansas during the early 1920s. All but one of the promotionals feature the bouts of Charles L. Loomis, who seems otherwise little known; three of the broadsides feature his full portrait, and several feature the other wrestler as well. The lone poster not to feature Loomis advertises a championship bout between Jack Fisher and Jack Gorman, both pictured, on November 9, 1920, at the Lyric Hall in Fairview Oklahoma. The posters contain unusually frank descriptions of the contestants and the prospects of a good bout -- a broadside advertising a match in Fairview between Loomis and Indian Evans, stating that, "such men as the Indian are the ones that Loomis is looking for." This bout was apparently rescheduled, and another handbill here announces that, "Owing to the death of a relative the Indian was unable to come. The Indian says he will be here Nov. 9...." Yet another, for an election night special in Canton, Oklahoma, between Loomis and Victor Howard assures its prospective audience, "This will be a real contest. No fixing as they both need the money...." Other locations include Cleo and Vici, Oklahoma, as well as two events in Kansas, in Cunningham and Harper. An excellent array of ephemeral advertisements for wrestling shows of the Plains during the early 1920s.