Item #018257 List of Members, 1938. National Sporting Club.

List of Members, 1938

Np: [Crother & Goodman, printers], 1938. 12mo. Item #018257

12p. An unrecorded copy of its list of members including Lord Lonsdale who donated the belts to English champions, and helped develop the original Queensberry rules and padded boxing gloves. The National Sporting Club not only establishing boxing in Great Britain but they established the various weight divisions. In its early era, boxing was considered so violent those who promoted them were subject to arrest in case of serious injury or death. Since it was a club, its 1300 members could view these bouts in private without fear of the authorities. As boxing developed mass appeal in the 1920's, boxing needed much larger venues and they could not compete with such a small hall. Attempts were made to build new larger headquarters but the Depression made this impossible. John Harding set up a new organizing committee in 1936 which took over the Empress Hall. As this directory was issued, the club moved in 1938 to new headquarters in Piccadilly but the war came and the club went into voluntary liquidation. P.G. Wodehouse in PSmith mentions the early days of the NSC when they could be raided by the police. A fine copy.

Price: $115.00

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