Original wrappers, small format, 18.5x12.5cm, profusely illustrated (Photo per page), 48 pages, covers are showing wear, closed tear on right side, small chip to bottom right corner, nearly detached covers, soiled covers ,bottom edge wear, interior very good. Shows records from 1921 to 1927 and the wrestlers and locations (mainly Melbourne). The greats of the period are shown in the pages such as Billy Meeske, Billy Edwards, Karasick, Pertgantas, Clapham, Thye, and many more, and their speciality holds.Wrestling itself was a type of serial. Each week the same stable of men would return in challenge and grudge matches. In Australia, wrestling was first broadcast on air by Norm McCance for the ABC on 21 March 1925. McCance's favourite expression was: 'He can't get out of it! He can't get out of it! He can't get out of it!! (pause) He's out of it!'. McCance compiled two booklets illustrating and describing holds, including Scenes in the ring: what the microphone tells us. Radio wrestling was so popular that a special Tell-U-Vision guide was published in Sydney, displaying diagrams of holds, and sub-titled: The wrestling chart published to create a mind picture and increase your appreciation of the radio broadcasts. Despite the wear this really is a slice of Australian Wrestling History.Super rare (La Trobe University in Melbourne has a copy) and a fantastic addition for the Aussie wrestling historian. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Wrestling :Holds Illustrated and Wrestling ...
Publisher: Specialty Press , Melbourne, Australia 1927 1st ed
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