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Harry Furness Collection

Reference code: NFA0036

Scope and Contents

Black and white photographs taken by Harry Furness of his fairground boxing booth. Images show boxers, crowds and people related to the show mainly from the 1940s.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1950


Conditions Governing Access

Items are available to view by appointment in the NFCA reading room

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground and Circus Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material

Biographical / Historical

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.’


81 Item(s)

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Related Materials

Barbara Buttrick Collection, Billy Wood Collection, Joe Hives Collection and Rod Spooner Collection

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Updated by Arantza Barrutia
7 March 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the National Fairground and Circus Archive Repository

The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield South Yorkshire S10 2TN United Kingdom
0114 222 7231