Searching through my late father’s gray metal file box, I noticed a faded brown envelope squeezed-in with a bunch of old documents and photos. At the top of the envelope in my dad’s writing were the notations, “Dempsey - Tunney.” I pulled-it-out, lifted the flap, and looked inside.
What I saw appeared to be a piece of old white fabric about three inches wide and folded into a rectangle. Just a few minutes earlier, I had found a similar and equally rare keepsake in that same file box. I immediately surmised what it was - an “armband.” (See blog post for January 30, 2009: “Showdown at Soldier Field - The "Rock" versus the "Head Man.”)
I carefully took-it-out of the envelope and as I touched it, I realized it was probably made using some type of silkscreen process. As I unfolded it, the black-ink words on the stained and wrinkled white background quickly became apparent: OFFICIAL COURIER - TUNNEY-DEMPSEY BOXING EXHIBITION - SOLDIER FIELD - CHICAGO - SEPT. 22, 1927.