Harry Furness Collection

Harry Furness' Boxing ShowRef: NFA0036

Title: The Harry Furness Collection

Scope: Black and white photographs taken by Harry Furness of Furness' Boxing Show. Images show boxers, crowds and people related to the show mainly from the 1940s.

Dates: 1940-1950
Level: Fonds
Extent: 81 photographs
Name of creator: Harry Furness

Administrative / biographical history: Harry Furness became involved in the boxing booths as a one time fighter who then went on to promote and manage boxers. His booth was often a means of spotting raw talent and then training and developing any potential champions.

Harry 'Kid' Furness, claimed to have been taught by the master boxer, Jem Mace himself. During his illustrious career as a boxing booth proprietor, matchmaker, referee and promoter he was one of the leading figures in the world of boxing. Denis Fleming, in his book The Manchester Fighters wrote the following tribute to Harry Furness, the Mighty Atom; ‘Furness was irrepressible. Even in this age of hyperbole, he would have eaten any modern day promoter for breakfast. He retained astonishing self confidence throughout his career ... The little man is still remembered and for old-time fighters of the thirties his wheeling and dealing were an essential part of the golden tapestry of their days in the ring. Harry Kid Furness had three things going for him: his endless energy, his overall knowledge of the game and above all, his genuine love affair with the ring.’

Related Collections: Barbara Buttrick Collection
Source: Donated by Harry Furness Jnr
System of arrangement: Catalogued by type
Subjects: Boxing, Fairgrounds, Fairground Shows, Travelling Entertainment, Showpeople, Speciality Acts
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Harry Furness. Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material
Finding aids: Photographs available on NFA digital NFA Digital