Description: This 1940’s wrestling poster features The Swedish Angel, billed as “The World’s Ugliest Wrestler” and “A Puzzle to Scientists”. The poster shows a profile view and a hazier frontal view of Phil Olafsson’s face inviting viewers to “See Him Here Next Show” even though “He’ll Scare the Wits Out of You”.
Olafsson (1908-1974) was diagnosed with acromegaly, a disorder that involves excess growth hormone and often results in enlarged hands, feet, foreheads, jaws, and noses. As a wrestler, he became professionally known as The Swedish Angel, a nickname riffing on fellow acromegaly sufferer, Maurice Tillet’s wrestling name: The French Angel. Olafsson appeared in the 1949 film Mighty Joe Young, though he was uncredited.
13 ¼” x 14”. Printed, on one side, by Allied Printing in New York. Item #AM00210.
Condition: Fold lines, some toning on left half of poster and around edges, otherwise good condition.