Wrestling Poster, 1948

This poster for New Haven, Connecticut in 1946 features a main event between Martin "The Blimp" Levy and the original French Angel, Maurice Tillet. During the early 40's war years, with so many of the top able-bodied stars in the service and Americans' attention elsewhere, pro wrestling was in a slump in most areas of the country. Tillet, due to his acromegaly, and Levy, due to his obesity, were both exempt from the military and two of the first "freak show" attractions in the sport, as well as two of the only reliable draws in wrestling of the time, along with top heel Wild Bill Longson in St. Louis and the women's title defenses of Mildred Burke.