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Battling Malone, pugilist, a novel by Louis Hémon (1925) (cover)

Work on paper (page from a book, overpainted in oil), depicting Carpentier

Work on paper (page from a book, overpainted in oil), depicting Dempsey

Illustration for Autour de la boxe, by Tristan Bernard (1925), by André Dunoyer de Segonzac.

Illustration for Autour de la boxe, by Tristan Bernard (1925), by André Dunoyer de Segonzac.

Introducing Georges Carpentier (1921), lithograph by George Bellows.

Brothers of the Brown Owl, a novel by Georges Carpentier (1922) (cover)

Brothers of the Brown Owl, a novel by Georges Carpentier (1922) (spine)

Carpentier by himself, a memoir by Georges Carpentier (1955) [English translation of Mon Match avec la vie (1954), which is considered the standard Carpentier autobiography].

Georges Carpentier and Jack Dempsey roughhousing on the street in New York, circa 1970. Carpentier and Dempsey remained friends for the rest of their lives, as this picture attests. The traded visit back and forth in New York and Paris, delighted in…

Georges Carpentier; Gentleman du ring, a biography by Olivier Merlin (1975). The second book-length biography of Carpentier was published just one month after his death in October 1975.  Merlin, sportswriter at Le Monde and editor-in-chief of…

Georges Carpentier, a biography by Ginette Haÿ (1993).

Carpentier was still considered important enough to earn a full-page color portrait in the Police Gazette's "Gallery of Champions" a couple of decades after his retirement.

This portrait of Carpentier in full 1920's matinee-idol mode appeared inside the program for "Femmes et Sports.""M. Georges Carpentier is clothed and shirted, on stage and on the street, by Lanvin; his shoes are by Perugia; his hats by Sools; his…

After his retirement from the ring in late 1926, Carpentier embarked on a career as a song-and-dance man, appearing on stages in France, England, Spain and across the United States. The first show in which he appeared was the most elaborate and…

Given that this issue of the Police Gazette appeared in December 1916, less than a week after the end of the Battle of Verdun (in which Carpentier fought), its claim that Tex Rickard was arranging a title bout between Carpentier and Jess Willard…

Carpentier knocked out Australian heavyweight George Cook in London, on January 12, 1922. This postcard is from the "Famous Boxers" series produced by Beagles' Postcards of London.

Carpentier knocked out Australian heavyweight George Cook in London, on January 12, 1922. This postcard is from the "Famous Boxers" series produced by Beagles' Postcards of London.

This French postcard shows a figure that clearly represents the Kaiser, knocked out by a figure in tri-color trunks that appears to represent or at least suggest Carpentier. The caption reads “ Knocked out for ten centuries!”

“Georges Carpentier […] now an aviator in French Aerial Corps. Heavy-wt. Champion of Europe. Since he started at the age of thirteen, his career has been one round of sensation. His last victory was at the expense of Gunboat Smith. Was matched…

The caption reads: “Joinville: National Military Academy of Physical Education. Instruction Center: Boxing Demonstration by G. Carpentier (instructor).” Carpentier never saw active duty again after Verdun. He was on the staff at Joinville from…

“Carpentier signing agreement. Carpentier signed articles to box Young Ahearn, Aug, 17, but was freed from his contract in order to serve his country. At the farewell dinner, he signed a fresh agreement with Mr. Bottomley to box Ahearn as soon as…

The caption reads: “The 1914-1915 Campaign. The boxing champion Carpentier has become a pilot.”

This card, showing “Bill Kaiser” being knocked out by Georges Carpentier, clearly demonstrates just how iconic and beloved a figure Carpentier had become, in England as well as in France, at the time of World War I.

From the Carpentier-Wells rematch, a first-round KO (December 8, 1913, Covent Garden). This card is from the "Famous Knock-Outs" series produced by "The Rocket" magazine.

Like Carpentier, Wells cultivated a smiling, clean-cut, "gentlemanly" image.

By defeating Bombardier Billy Wells, the nineteen year-old Carpentier became the heavyweight champion of Europe.

By defeating Bombardier Billy Wells, the nineteen year-old Carpentier became the heavyweight champion of Europe.

“The Champion of England is Knocked Out: in the second round, to the enthusiastic acclamations of the crowd.”
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