Various Places: 1857-1980. Illustrated calf “Frankfurt” binding, 9 x 10 inches. With twelve scrapbook pages and twenty-eight photographs and two programs laid in. Very Good. Item #CAT0118
Archie Moore’s personal scrapbook, evidently started in Frankfurt in the period surrounding his fight with Hans Kalbfell, and extending onward. Moore used the scrapbook to house other photographs and memorabilia, titling it “Archie Moore Albumn [sic] - various ‘celebs’ + Boxers.” The loose photos show Moore posed with various friends and acquaintances. The scrapbook contains three contact sheets of stills from an unidentified film, a picture of Mr. T., an inscribed program from Mickey Walker, several original photographs from an unidentified boxing match and a single leaf extract from the Sacramento Union discussing Moore’s youth project, signed by Moore in 1966.
Moore was a frequent victim of racism early in his career and often fought abroad. His career spanned several eras in boxing from the 1940s onward. He fought a young Cassius Clay at age 45 when Clay was 20. This album starts during the period when he held the world light heavyweight championship and continues through his retirement from boxing. He led a varied life upon retirement, starting a charity for youth in San Diego, acting in several films, and helping train George Foreman for his fights into the 1990s, among other activities. A very nice personal scrapbook from an incredible career, which we have left in its found state with the photographs loosely interleaved with the pages. Generally very good, well used but cared for, with bright contents and some wear to binding.