Below is a selective list of Golden Age
professional wrestling history sites.
If you would like to recommend others please
Getting Started in Pro Wrestling History
Every serious student or enthusiast of professional wrestling history should do two
things: join the Cauliflower Alley Club and purchase the back issues of Scott Teal's
publication Whatever Happened To...?. Add all you can to your collection while they
last. Most of them are sold out, but the good news is that Scott is planning to reprint
the interviews, along with previously unpublished ones, in his new series entitled
The Wrestling Archive Project.
Scott specializes in interviews with former wrestling stars and does an outstanding
job of preserving the oral history of a bygone era of show business, giving the
reader an intimate sense of what it was like to be a part of professional wrestling
entertainment during The Golden Age. There is no better source for insight into the
deceptive elements of the pro wrestling business.
House of Deception Favorites
Evan Ginzburg - Wrestling Then and Now
Karl Stern - The Stern Stick.
Dave Meltzer's and Bryan Alvarez' Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Online.
Our favorite pro wrestling blog was penned by Richard Berger, a freelance writer
and editor with an extensive background in professional wrestling. He has a strong
interest in what he calls "the art of misdirection for entertainment purposes." You
will enjoy his Perspectives on Wrestling.
California Wrestling, Promoter Roy Shire
Viktor Berry's "An Illustrated History of Pro Wrestling in Northern California" [see
note below] is a must for anyone interested in Roy Shire's immensely successful
NWA promotion of the 1960's and 70's. Vik Berry, like Scott Teal, is an amateur
magician. From the perspective of the magician, both offer some little known and
fascinating insights into the deceptive elements of the wrestling show.
[Note: Viktor Berry's new and improved site is BigTimeWrestlingOnline.com. He is
working hard to publish it as soon as possible. If you have his email address, please
send him a note of encouragement. Or you can email The House of Deception and
we will forward your message to Vik.]
Pro Wrestling Nostalgia
There are a few very good wrestling nostalgia sites, including Scott Teal's
1wrestlinglegends.com and Gary Will's Wrestling History (Gary is another magician
of the pro wrestling world).
For the history of pro wrestling in Canada, start with Andrew Calvert's Maple Leaf
Wrestling and Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History.
See also Greg Oliver's online Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame and read his excellent
book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians, as well as his other books,
co-authored with Steve Johnson, in The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series.
See our Midget Wrestlers page for the web's largest photo gallery of the Little
Wrestling Stars of the Golden Age.
Cauliflower Alley Club
Click here to see our Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Photos. Please email any
corrections or additions for the captions. The club's website is here.
Our Wrestler Artists page features works by Lord Carlton, George Gordienko, Ted
Lewin, Steve Strong, Jim Bertz, and Vittorio Argentina Apollo. Please let us know if
you would like your artwork--or that of an athlete you admire--shown here at The
House of Deception.
On the British Wrestlers page there are eighty-three photos, all from our collection,
of wrestlers who worked in Leeds, England, during the 1950's and 1960's and
another with over a hundred more pictures from our London wrestling collection.
There you will also find a link to John Lister's superb article, The History of British
Wrestling accompanied by photos from our archive, and a Kendo Nagasaki page with
unique photos of this enigmatic master of deception.
Wrestling Heritage is The Home of British Wrestling History.You will find brief
biographies of most of the British wrestling legends pictured here at the House of
Deception, plus many more. Wrestling Heritage is a biographical gold mine.
Care and Preservation of Posters and other Old Paper
To learn to properly care for your library and collection see The Library of Congress,
Collections Care and Preserving Works on Paper.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, hosted by
Stanford University, is a professional organization for conservators. Their Caring for
Your Treasures pages provide useful brochures, in PDF format, on conserving books,
photos and other paper documents.
The folks at Scrapbook.com have created a comprehensive page about paper,
document, and photo preservation. Information on how paper deteriorates and
what various papers are composed of is included.
Because the focus of The House of Deception is Golden Age history, we usually limit
our link recommendations to similar historical sites. If you want a broader, more
eclectic list of sites, try ProWrestlingHistory.com.
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**********************Note to Aspiring Pro Wrestlers**********************
The House of Deception focuses on the history of deception, including pro wrestling.
If your goal is to get into the wrestling business--as wrestler, referee, announcer or
manager--do this: get in shape and learn to wrestle (especially if you are still in
school). Later you may be able to find a reputable pro wrestling school in your area.
Contact as many knowledgeable people as possible. But above all, do this: listen,
don't talk! Don't be a know-it-all. We have watched the very best trainers--including
Les Thatcher, Harley Race, Walter Kowalski, Scott Casey, Bruce Hart and Leon
White--work with young aspiring pro wrestlers. When you have an opportunity to
learn from experienced professionals like these, be respectful and listen intently!
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