An interesting character, Young Apollon, or J C Tolson to use his proper name, was a famous
Yorkshire strongman, born in 1903. From 1925 he toured the Music & Variety Halls with a
strongman act in which he challenged others to match him in all kinds of feats. He retired in the
1930s and produced a successful postal course which ran until the 1950s. These postcards
have been provided by Jim Whittam - thanks Jim ! You can visit a website about "Iron Men",
and there is a very interesting article about Tolson by David Gentle here.
|Eugen Sandow, born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, was a Prussian pioneering bodybuilder in the 19th century and is often
referred to as the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding".
He organised the first major bodybuilding contest at the Royal Albert Hall on September 14, 1901, calling it the "Great
Competition". The judges included Sandow, athlete and sculptor Sir Charles Lawes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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