A poster of the boxer Jack Johnson, circa 1910.
This German poster featuring Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight boxing champion, advertises a film of his 1910 fight with Jim Jeffries. The Johnson-Jeffries fight was billed in the United States as pitting “the Negroes’ Deliverer” against the “Hope of the White Race,” and became known as the fight of the century. Johnson’s physical dominance over his white opponent challenged the supposed superiority of the white race. This German poster, created by a Hamburg company best known for circus advertising, makes no reference to the racial overtones of the match.