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November 22, 2017

25 Hilarious Photographs of Old-Timey Strongmen

At the turn of the 20th century, the world saw the rise of a new kind of public hero: the professional strongman.


Strongmen emerged from the physical culture movement that had been building during the 1800s, and was itself a response to the Industrial Revolution. With the proliferation of office work, there became a growing concern as to how this new sedentary lifestyle was affecting the health — and manhood — of the country’s men.

Strongmen were symbols of virility maintained — proof that citizens still had the grit, power, and strength of their pioneer forebearers and the potential for doing manly deeds. If men could no longer tame the frontier and challenge the enemies of nature, they could master themselves and pit their hardihood against the weights of a gymnasium.

1. George Hackenschmidt, circa 1900



2. George Hackenschmidt



3. Max Sick, 1910



4. Arthur Saxon



5. Eugen Sandow, circa 1902



6. Lionel Strongfort



7. Eugen Sandow



8. Bernarr Macfadden, circa 1918



9. Strongman, circa 1920



10. Eugen Sandow, 1896



11. Jess Westergaard, circa 1910



12. Georg Lurich, circa 1910



13. Strongman, circa 1901



14. Stanislaus Zbyszko, circa 1913



15. Eugen Sandow, 1894



16. A. Dandurand, 1927



17. Eugen Sandow, 1902



18. Strongman Of The Police School, 1906



19. Georg Lurich, circa 1910



20. Georg Lurich, circa 1910



21. A. Dandurand, 1927



22. Louis Cyr



23. Frederick Winters, 1904 Olympics



24. Pat Connelly, circa 1910



25. Louis Cyr, circa 1900




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