1939 Burris Jenkins Original SPORTS Art Joe Louis, Hockey, Baseball Etc.

This is a spectacular 1939 original pencil and ink drawing on heavy paper drawn and signed by renowned sports artist/ cartoonist Burris Jenkins. Measuring 22.5 X 18 this historic original art depicting the status of sports at the time could easily be interpreted as telling the story of sports today – that is “Millions in Prizes Given Away Annually To The Fittest! The Chance Of A Lifetime!!!” …”1939 Opportunity Sale-Unfilled Sport Shoes Of All Kinds and Sizes-Heavyweight Challenger, Baseball Young Stars, Hockey Reliables, Track Stand-Outs, Boxing New Talent, Davis Cup Walkovers, Football-Golf- etc, etc,.” The art is further enhanced with the detailed drawings of 3 vignettes on the topic, each expressing the opinion that new blood was needed in the many sports that were lacking in talent yet offering millions to play. The vignettes read: “With Moguls In All Sports Eager To Throw Money Away For New Talent, Theres A Strange Lack of Supply”, “Except In Football, This Younger Generation Seems Content To Throw Away Golden Opportunities on Swing Bands and Table Tennis-!” as an onlooker projects, “But If You Won’t Box, Play Ball, or Hockey, What Will You Do For Money!” and ringing most true to the dominance of the “Brown-Bomber,” Joe Louis in the sport of boxing at the time, “If Ever A Body Needed An Injection Of New Blood, It’s The Potential

This is a remarkable artwork by such a noted artist from this important time in the history of American sport and the developing social culture of the day. It befits the finest sports or art collection and provides a thoughtful perspective on a provocative subject no less pertinent today.

Burris Jenkins began his career working as a newspaper artist soon after graduating Harvard in 1920. After working with several papers Jenkins ultimately became regarded as one of the top sports cartoonists in America during his 35-year career with the New York Journal and Journal-American, noted as having a heavy line style that produced stark and humorous images.

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