Inscribed Photograph Signed.

CARPENTIER, Edouard (1926-2010).

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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"The Flying Frenchman," a French-born Canadian wrestler who held a number of world titles in the 1950s and '60s; a French underground resistance fighter during World War Two and a member of France's men's gymnastics team at the 1948 Olympics in London, Carpentier brought great gymnastics skills to the ring -- cutting-edge acrobatic leaps and aerial maneuvers that are now standard; later he turned promoter, and as such discovered Andre the Giant. Most uncommon matte-finish IPS, heavy stock 16" X 20", Chicago, IL, 1960 July 16. Near fine. Handsome, well-known half-length portrait of a smiling Carpentier in his prime, wearing wrestling trunks and a championship belt, hands on hips; below this is the printed caption "Edouard Carpentier / World's Heavyweight Champion," and surrounding Carpentier are seven small inset images of him in action. Across his chest and down his torso, he pens large and bold in blue ballpoint: "To My Good Wrestling Fan and Friend / Donald M. Burnell / Lots of Luck / From Edouard Carpentier / Chicage illinois [sic] / July 16, 1960 / E. Carpentier." This quite nice and highly unusual item was likely created for some cryptic promotional purpose, but it bears no photographer's credit or other identifications recto or verso. Choice vintage piece from the "Golden Age of Wrestling" -- likely one of a kind in this large format. Uncommon thus. Superb for display. Bookseller Inventory # 20991

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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