"Spirit of You" is a dramatic film based on the life of American heavyweight boxer Joe Louis. The lead character, Joe Thomas, is played by Joe Louis himself.
2015.167.19.1ab: 16mm black and white films.
Jefferson Thomas, a black foundry worker, is seriously injured when a heavy castor falls on his legs. No longer able to support his family, Jefferson's young son, Joe, decides to leave school and take a job. Many years later, Joe, now grown, gives his family all his savings and leaves Birmingham to make something of himself. Joe hitchhikes to Detroit, where he gets a job as a dishwasher and meets Creighton "Crickie" Fitzgibbons. When Crickie and Joe lose their jobs, they find work at a storage and shipping company, but are soon fired from the job when a foreman hits Crickie and Joe knocks him out with one punch. Impressed with his fighting abilities, Crickie encourages Joe to enter the Golden Gloves boxing tournament, and he is soon billed in the newspapers as the 'Dark Destroyer'. After winning the finals, manager Frankie Walburn offers to handle him as a professional. Joe accepts after consulting with his mother Nora, who now lives in the city, and who tells him to be honest and fair. As Joe wins bouts, Flora Bailey, a nightclub singer at the Bluebird Cafe´, who is in cahoots with gambler Duke Emblin, takes an interest in him. Their involvement worries Frankie, whose concern that he is ignoring his training antagonizes Joe. When Mary and Joe's sister Eleanor, visit Flora, they implore her to help get Joe back on track, but because Duke is now betting against Joe, Flora encourages his nightlife and drinking. Joe is knocked out in a match, and as he prepares for the heavyweight championship bout against Jack Stanley, he confesses to Flora that he loves Mary. When Flora sees that he does not have his heart in the fight, she brings Mary, now a schoolteacher, to the ring, and her presence spurs Joe to defeat Stanley in a knockout. Afterwards, he and Mary are guests of honor at a banquet at which Flora sings"
Source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Accessed on August 12, 2016 (http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=2226)
Postcard for Sugar Ray's Cafe. The front of this postcard is broken into five sections. The top sections are photographic images of the interior of the club. The top left hand section shows a long rectangular bar, with a line of stools around its perimeter, and rows of bottles along the back of the bar. The top right hand section depicts a line of booths and tables across from the bar. They are set up against a wall that is decorated with large images of Sugar Ray Robinson in boxing attire. In between the two sections is a white rectangle with the words "THE/ SHOW/ PLACE/ OF/ HARLEM." The bottom sections show two photographs and an illustration. The left most image is a photographic image of a man in a suit. Shown from chest up, he turns his head to the left, smiling towards the camera. His image is contained in a circular portrait frame, with a name running beneath "Mike Hedley, mgr." On the opposite side is a similar frame with the image of Sugar Ray Robinson, shown from the chest up. Printed below the image is the name "Ray 'Sugar' Robinson. In between the two images is an illustration of the exterior of the club. The name "SUGAR RAY'S" is in large cursive letters above the door. Directly over the door is an awning with the name "SUGAR RAY'S" across the front and along the sides. The door has a large round window in the top half. There is a long rectangular window along the front wall with curtains and the word "Restaurant" across it.
The back is a postcard format with a blank space on the right hand side with the words "Photo Gloss/ Post Card." At the top right hand corner is a rectangle with the words "You/ Write it/ We/ Mail it." On the left hand side is a blank space. At the top of the space are the words "SUAGR RAY'S CAFE/ 2074 - 7th AVE., AT 124th., N.Y.C./ Owned by Sugar Ray Robinson, Welterweight Champion of the World - and Managed by Mike Hedley./ Famous for Steaks, Chops and Southern Fried Chicken./ Air-Conditioned Phone:9-8797/ Best of food, liquors and wine/ Just the place you would want/ to dine. Sugar Ray." Dividing the left and right section, running vertically, are the words "Eagle Post Card View Co., New York 1, N.Y." There is a blurred stamp below the words.
A 1964 issue of LIFE Magazine featuring a cover photograph of the boxer, Cassius Clay, commonly known as, Muhammad Ali, by the photojournalist Bob Gomel. The magazine consists of 126 pages some in color and others in black and white. The content includes articles on the 1964 Liston-Clay fight and offers a profile of Clay with many quotes from trainer Angelo Dundee. The magazine also contains articles on culture, politics, and current events, as well as advertisements. The back cover features a cigarette advertisement for Chesterfield King.