Women Wrestling Throw Down

December 2nd, 2011, 12:45H · Topics: Girls, Professional Wrestling, Sports · Print

Women’s wrestling from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s inside the arena at Main and Beaver Streets that promoter Jimmy Murdock used for a variety of events before moving into the Jacksonville Coliseum.  The young lady doing the throwing can also be found in this previously posted portrait by photographer Loyd Sandgren.

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  1. 1 Lois Avey April 5th, 2013 21:29H

    I’m looking for any picture of Gracie Kato “K Starr, the Texas Tornado.” She is my grandmother and raised me. She was a professional wrestler in the 50. I will be very grateful for any advice or information that you may have. She used to wrestle with a Chimp named “Elmer” as a gimmick. She trained him to wait in the corner and when the opponent was pushed toward him, he would scream and pull her hair. I would love to see a picture. Thank you.

  2. 2 bob April 8th, 2013 9:12H

    I would also love to see a photo of that! Most of the wrestling photographs in the Loyd Sandgren collection were part of the circuit of wrestlers that worked the South East and particularly Florida/Georgia rotation. There are serious fans of vintage professional wrestling around the country and there is a Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. You may want to contact that organization and I would bet with their network they can help you find photos of your grandmother and perhaps one with Elmer. Good Luck.

  3. 3 j9r2ipod June 17th, 2014 3:29H

    Looking for info / history on Lady wrestler from 1940’s-50’s Mrs. Shirley Wicks ( not related to but worked with played as William Wicks sister ) also may have had stage name of Princess Tanya.

    may have been located around Louisiana

  4. 4 rwm March 13th, 2015 18:54H

    The young wrestler doing the tossing and lacing her boots is believed to have gone on to wrestling stardom as Judy Glover.

  5. 5 "Hot female Wrestlers" August 1st, 2015 16:57H

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    I’m going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week.
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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More