SIRO (Pierre Rollot) – Manuscript album with 59 watercolour caricatures of famous international boxers and wrestlers from the 1930s as well as a few referees, promoters and managers, of which 27 have signed dedications. (Paris), 1935. Contemporary half leather binding.
The sports caricaturist Pierre Rollot (1914-2000) (Pseudonym SIRO) was born in Clermont (Oise), France. His caricatures were published in many contemporary magazines such as Le Figaro, L’Aurore, France-soir and L’Equipe. Sport was his major field of activity, but he also has caricatured many singers, actors, and various celebrities. His tomb is at the Cimetière parisien de Thiais.
The present album refers exclusively to boxing and wrestling. Paris was the European center of boxing in the 1930s. Many international boxers distribute their fights at the French capital. The present album of the 19 years old Rollot gives an exceptional insight into the European boxing scene in the 1930s. Rollot, obviously a boxing fan, made this album only for personal use and didn’t published any of the incorporating drawings. The album contains 43 spectacular caricatures of boxers, 8 of wrestlers and 6 of famous managers, promoters, referees etc.. The represented athleths are from France, the United States, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Cuba, Sweden, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Panama. Tristan Bernard (1866-1947), a French playwright and novelist, wrote an autograph dedication page, followed by Rollot’s caricature of him.
The album contains caricatures of the following athleths:
boxers: Emile (Milou) Pladner (1906-1980) (s)*, Jack Dempsey (1895-1983), Tino Rolando (1909-1991) (s), Emile Lebrize (1906-?) (s), Rene De Vos (1902-?), Panama Al Brown (1902-1951) (s), Fernand Viez (1908-?) (s), Franta (Frantisek) Nekolny (1907-1990), Maurice Griselle (1908-?) (s), Gustave Roth (1909-1982), Louis de Ponthieu (1892-1953) (s), Max Baer (1909-1959), Erich Seelig (1909-1984), Adolf Witt (1913-1964), Jimmy Tarante (1901-1979), Paul Chandelier (s), Eugene Criqui (1893-1977) (s), Isidoro Gastanaga (1905-1944) (s), Maurice Holtzer (1906-1960) (s), Eugene Huat (1907-?), Carmelo Candel (1905-?), Walter Neusel (1907-1964), Primo Carnera (1906-1967), Kid Tunero (1910-1992) (s), Joe (Joseph) Populo (1914-?) (s), Joe Mendiola (1908-?) (s), Kid Francis (1907-1943) (s), John Andersson (1909-1979) (s), Young Perez (1911-1945) (s), Pierre Charles (1903-1966), Ignacio Ara (1909-1977), Andre Routis (1900-1969) (s), Valentin Angelmann (1910-1981), Cleto Locatelli (1906-1961), Obie Walcker (1911-1989), Fernand Laudrin (1909-?), Al Francis (1908-1993) (s), Gustave Humery (1908-1976), Georges Carpentier (1884-1975) (s), Max Schmeling (1905-2005), Maurice Huguenin (1909-?) (s), Paulino Uzcudun (1899-1985), Marcel Thil (1904-1968)(s)
wrestlers: Raoul Paoli (1887-1960) (s), Henri Deglane (1902-1975) (s), Charles Rigoulot (1903-1962), Len Hall (1905-1971), Dan Kolov (1892-1940), Ernest Cadine (1893-1978) (s), Harry Stoeff, Kola Kwariani (1903-1980)
referees: Rene Schemann, ??? (s), Roumajou (?)
promoters/trainers/managers: Jeff Dickson (1896-1943) (s) (owner of Palais de Sport in Paris), Alex Taitard
speakers: Georges Berretrot (1891-1964)
draftsman: Schira-Schari (s)
One of the caricatures bears no name of the represented person (obviously a referee) and another unidentified dedication has no caricature.
* (s) = signed by the represented person