(n.p.): [8/18/37]. 1st Printing. Presumed to be INSCRIBED by Max Baer (1909 - 1959). Illustrated bifolium. Illustrated upper wrapper of a covered wagon in the open plains. 7" x 4-3/4". White card stock, self wrappers, full color illustration to upper wrapper, navy blue lettering. Now housed in a mylar sleeve. A VG copy. Corners and edges are rubbed, light soiling/age toning to wrappers, inscription to upper wrappers in blue ink, internally clean and bright. Item #47216
With some basic internet photo comparisons, we believe this menu is inscribed by famous boxer Max Baer (1909 - 1959). The inscription reads:
"Bill - Thanks for the drink partner. Don't forget we run 5 miles back of the train in the morning - Always your bridge partner. Max Baer 8/18/37"
"Maximilian Adelbert Baer was an American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Champion from 14 June 1934 to 13 June 1935. His fights were twice (1933 win over Max Schmeling, 1935 loss to James J. Braddock) rated Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine. Baer was also a boxing referee, and had an occasional role on film or television. He was the brother of heavyweight boxing contender Buddy Baer and father of actor Max Baer Jr.. Baer is rated #22 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time." [wiki]
"In May 1922, tired of the Durango, Colorado winters, which aggravated Frances's rheumatic fever and Jacob's high blood pressure, the Baers drove to the milder climes of the West Coast, where Dora's sister lived in Alameda, California. Jacob's expertise in the butcher business led to numerous job offers around the San Francisco Bay Area." [wiki].