An image scanned from a black and white photograph of Charley Miller greeting heavyweight boxer Ernie Schaaf in Bangor, Maine, April 1, 1932. The two are shaking hands in front of a storefront with a sign that reads, "Miller's Shining Parlor, Fight Tickets on Sale Here, To-Night." The business door is marked with the number 175.
Charley Miller (Maurice Charles Miller) was born in Bangor on July 4, 1900. As a young man he had a brief career as a boxer, then opened a training and conditioning camp for fighters at Moosehead Lake, introducing boxers such as Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and Jack Sharkey to the Maine woods, hunting and fishing. He later branched out as a guide and host to famous people in sports and show business. From these associations he became a celebrity in his own right and spent more than thirty years promoting the state of Maine and himself at numerous sports shows, fairs, and public venues around the country. Miller also billed himself "The world's greatest outdoor cook" and spent a great deal of time cooking outdoor meals for his celebrity guests.
MS 348, Charley Miller papers
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