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[Fan-Level Snapshots of WWF Events]

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[Fan-Level Snapshots of WWF Events]

400.00

An archive of nearly 100 spectator-level snapshots of at least three different 1980s-1990's WWF professional wrestling events, at least one from the Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania, all likely by the same fan, and highlighted by 38 intimate views of a nationally broadcast event. 

This archive offers full immersion in the professional wrestling-specator experience of the final two decades of the 20th Century with vivid scenes amid the fans in the cheap seats as well as close-up vernacular views of the prominent wrestlers / performers of the era including Andre the Giant, Jake the Snake Roberts, Hulk Hogan, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, and more.... (The photographs are broken down as follows: 38 prints of the February, 1989 Saturday Night's Main Event broadcast ; 18 of an unnamed, circa-December 1988 event ; 40 of an unnamed, circa-1999 event)

Frequently underestimated in terms of cultural impact and far more significant than simple camp, American professional wrestling, the WWF/WWE empire in particular, has been an impactful force amid the rural, red state population of the U.S., with single events drawing as many as 100,000 spectators and pay-per-view events consistently pulling in tens of millions of dollars. The WWE itself is a publicly traded corporation with a market cap of about $2 billion as of the writing of this description, and is widely credited with helping build the working class appeal of a one-time featured performer and real estate developer turned 45th President of the United States. Additionally, its most recognizable personality, Hulk Hogan, was at the very center of the Peter Thiel funded lawsuit that took down Gawker, significantly changing the landscape of investigative journalism. 

While these performances each seem to have been well-attended, and the sport wildly popular, vernacular photography of pro wrestling events of the era is uncommon to find in our experience with the typical enthusiast appetite for images seemingly satiated by print magazines. In our experience, a legitimately fan-level, vernacular archive like this one is uncommon to find and undeniably engaging from standpoints of pop-culture, performance, and beyond. Link to scans of contents here.

[Professional Wrestling] . [Snapshots of WWF Professional Wrestling Events]. [Various, including Hershey, Pennsylvania]: [ca. 1988-1999]. 96 color snapshot photographs. Drugstore prints. Ranging in size from approximately 5" x 3 1/2" to approximately 6" x 4." Majority with Kodak date stamps to versos. Group about fine.

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An archive of nearly 100 spectator-level snapshots of at least three different 1980s-1990's WWF professional wrestling events, at least one from the Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania, all likely by the same fan, and highlighted by 38 intimate views of a nationally broadcast event. 

This archive offers full immersion in the professional wrestling-specator experience of the final two decades of the 20th Century with vivid scenes amid the fans in the cheap seats as well as close-up vernacular views of the prominent wrestlers / performers of the era including Andre the Giant, Jake the Snake Roberts, Hulk Hogan, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, and more.... (The photographs are broken down as follows: 38 prints of the February, 1989 Saturday Night's Main Event broadcast ; 18 of an unnamed, circa-December 1988 event ; 40 of an unnamed, circa-1999 event)

Frequently underestimated in terms of cultural impact and far more significant than simple camp, American professional wrestling, the WWF/WWE empire in particular, has been an impactful force amid the rural, red state population of the U.S., with single events drawing as many as 100,000 spectators and pay-per-view events consistently pulling in tens of millions of dollars. The WWE itself is a publicly traded corporation with a market cap of about $2 billion as of the writing of this description, and is widely credited with helping build the working class appeal of a one-time featured performer and real estate developer turned 45th President of the United States. Additionally, its most recognizable personality, Hulk Hogan, was at the very center of the Peter Thiel funded lawsuit that took down Gawker, significantly changing the landscape of investigative journalism. 

While these performances each seem to have been well-attended, and the sport wildly popular, vernacular photography of pro wrestling events of the era is uncommon to find in our experience with the typical enthusiast appetite for images seemingly satiated by print magazines. In our experience, a legitimately fan-level, vernacular archive like this one is uncommon to find and undeniably engaging from standpoints of pop-culture, performance, and beyond. Link to scans of contents here.

[Professional Wrestling] . [Snapshots of WWF Professional Wrestling Events]. [Various, including Hershey, Pennsylvania]: [ca. 1988-1999]. 96 color snapshot photographs. Drugstore prints. Ranging in size from approximately 5" x 3 1/2" to approximately 6" x 4." Majority with Kodak date stamps to versos. Group about fine.