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- Strong Men & Women acts in the Street, Fairground and Vaudeville -
Kings & Queens of Strenght on stage



EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS

STRONG MEN

STRONG WOMEN

FAIRS / STREET
VAUDEVILLE

1900 -1920


 

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Famous athletes and bodybuilders often performed on the streets, fairground or vaudeville stages. On the right, we see a typical stage in Paris / Neuilly.
The photograph was taken during the
Parade and shows the Roulin Fréres.

On the left hand side of the image we also see
Apolina, a famous woman athlete & performer. In the middle of the stage, a board announcing "La Belle Apolina" can be seen in strong close-up view.

Suchlike performances were attented by a variety of people, low class & middle class.
The shows were evidently an attraction for children who admired these strong women and men. Even the two police men seems to be interested in watching the performance.

The stage is decorated with
huge posters depicting Apolina. This stage is a typical, temporary, wooden fairground building.

Paris, Neuilly, "Parade" / Roulin Fréres / Apolina


magazines

A detail taken from the first Yves le Boulanger & Sèguinel image, further on this page, shows several Culture Physique magazines.
These magazines were widespread and sold, both, to the public and the strong men & women themselves. Strong men, Sandow, Apollon, Brancaccio, Novosielski, Lurich, Hackenschmidt, etc. were often seen in these publications

The stereo images used in these physical culture pages where advertised for sale via these richly illustrated
physical health magazines.

Left

"
La Belle Apolina"
Very few images depicting Apolina are known today.
Physical Culture and strong acts, certainly was not only the privilige of men! Move mouse over right image





 

Kings & Queens of Strenght




 

Right

Children watching the stage and the photographer?
For the little boy, there seems more scenes of intererest while the strong men & women are preparing their stage

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board

Temporary advertising board on the wooden fairground building of Apollon (1862-1928)

Apollon was a famous stage performer.
The first 9 images depict this strong man in various poses, on-stage and back-stage.

Apollon was known as "
The King of Strenght" seen on his board, announcing:

ICI APOLLON, LE ROI DE LA FORCE

 
Chronological list of strong-acts by Apollon

Apollon
 



 

 

 

 

 

 










Hand coloured Magic Lantern Slide

Fairground Strongmen & boy.
© Collection Florent Van Hoof













Apollon's fairground building, 1924
The stage is decorated with photographs of famous strong men









Apollon's fairground building, 1924
See detail of board

Two years after this photograph, Apollon appeared as Triton in the film "MARE NOSTRUM" also known as "Our Sea" directed by Rex Ingram.
This silent War movie tells the story of a female German spy who sacrifices her live for her country.


Apollon on-stage, 1924











Apollon on-stage, 1924









Apollon & Henriette Delville, 1924









Apollon & Henriette Delville, 1924









Apollon, 1924 (backstage)









Apollon, 1924 (back-stage)










Apollon, 1924 (back-stage)








Paris, Neuilly "PARADE"
Roulin Fréres / Apolina
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Yves le Boulanger & Sèguinel
Click for detail of the Physical Culture magazines









Yves le Boulanger & Sèguinel










Yves le Boulanger & Sèguinel








Bonnes jetant 136 kilos
au Sporting Club de Lille









Apollon performing on the street









Apollon performing on the street










Apollon performing on the street










Touroune Verrerie en 1908










Lèon Seè









Deroubaix arrachant 76 Kilos










La Dumbell de H.C.F.








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