Hotty from History #41 – Eugen Sandow (1865-1925)
At Hotties from History we do not like to make big claims (lies), although I can guarantee that my next hotty was simply finest man to ever come from Prussia. Normally, I do not like muscled men, however, I do like men with moustaches and Sandow had the greatest moustache, and a really amazing body. Yes.
Sandow is known today as the father of modern bodybuilding. At the age of 22, after performing in the circus around Europe for three years, he visited London where he became an instant celebrity after he performed in shows where he would lift very heavy things. What followed was Sandow being hailed as one of the first athletic superstars and performers of his age.
However, being a hotty, people of the time became more interested in his body than his ability to perform spectacular superhuman abilities of strength. I can sympathise fully with Sandow, as people always want me for my body and it really gets me down.
From being a super(human)-star, Sandow became one of the first people to be captured by moving film, where a short length clip was displayed around towns, bringing in large queues to watch Sandow flex and bulge. I’m so glad for moving film, and its ability to eternally capture Sandow’s swag.
This is a link to the famous video filmed by Thomas Edison in 1893. You are very welcome.
I can picture myself sitting with Sandow in front a roaring fire, him stroking my hair and speaking to me in a gruff German accented voice. “Now?” He would say as I look back at him “Yes, right now.” I would say back to him whilst he picks me up, swings me other his shoulder and takes me to the bedroom.
(click here if you want to see the original photo of Sandow without appropriately placed leaf)
Hotty from History no.33 James Joyce 1882-1941