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Louis Cyr and wife

We have several cabinet size (6 1/2 X 4 1/4 inches) photographs of strong men such as this York, PA photograph of a man lifting two men sitting on a barrel with his teeth!

Louis Cyr, 19th Century Canadian Strongman with his family. It is obvious that he took his motto "Strong men eat" to heart! The postcard above shows George Hackenschmidt, a wrestler and strongman. It is autographed and dated 1906.

This sturdy fellow is identified on the back as James Wilson, Expansionist. I am not sure what his act was but with the belt around his chest showing signs of ripping it seems he may have expanded his chest until the belt broke. That should qualify as a feat of strength.


The albumen print above, dated 1892 shows Tullus Wright, the American Sampson in an exhibition of strength pulling against two horses. The midway signs behind him read "Chas Lee's Great Museum of Living Wonders." A hand written dedication on the back that appears to be in Wright's hand credits it to the Lees London Shows.

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