1910's Jack Johnson original Spanish advertising poster
An exceedingly rare - possibly unique - antique advertising poster that heralds from the shores of early twentieth century Spain. The poster depicts Jack Johnson with hands cocked in fighting pose and bears a facsimile of his signature. In the lower right corner the text reads "Campeon Mundial" which for non-Spanish speakers, translates as World Champion. The poster was advertising Empressa Mexicana, a period manufacturer of sports equipment. It almost certainly emanates from the mid to late 1910's as Johnson spent several years in Spain during his period of self-imposed exile. There is also a Madrid printers logo situated to the lower left. The stone lithographic poster is printed on thin paper and has been professionally linen-backed for conservation purposes. It was previously folded down the middle. The poster has undergone some minor restoration work which involved the removal of tape from the back of the poster (see final photo). There are also a couple of small spots of infill to the edges, but the poster remains 99% original. Gorgeous colour throughout and arresting detail make this a wonderful early Jack Johnson poster. The poster measures 13" x 20" and 15" x 22" including the backing.