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This beautiful image of legendary boxer, Joe Louis Barrow (1914 - 1981), was first published in Vanity Fair in October of 1935. This photograph was taken by Lusha Nelson.
Joe Louis was much more than an incredible boxer. Lewis, who was was from Lafayette Alabama was the grandson of former slaves. Outside the ring he is regarded as the first person of African American descent to become an full blooded American hero. Later in life he was also credited with breaking the color barrier in golf when he played in a PGA event in 1952.
The Brown Bomber reigned supreme fin the heavyweight division from 1937 to 1949. He fought 69 professional fights , losing only on three occasions, the last to Rocky Marciano in 1951. He was the first African American to become heavyweight champion of the world.
His dominance has earned him the title as the number one boxer of all time as well as the number one best puncher of all time as well. With a dominant record such as this, his picture deserves to be hung wherever there are people who call themselves boxing fans.
A treasured piece of the historic Vanity Fair archives, this iconic photo carries with it the class of the cultural treasure that is the Vanity Fair Magazine. This masterpiece of photography entered into our collection because of its museum grade quality and artistic style. Being printed on high-gloss premium archival paper with a unique silver pearlescent finish, you can rest assured that this collector’s piece will last as long as the legacy it embodies. This print is rated for museum or gallery use.
Hand framed with 100% natural wood by our family of local artisans in Pelham Alabama, this high-quality frame is professionally finished with custom cut museum grade matting to ensure perfect proportions. Backed with kraft paper, our frames also come with hooks and wire preinstalled. This work of art is ready to be installed immediately and comes as a finished frame size of 18.5 x 22.5 x 1 inches.