A Congress of Japan’s Famous Strong Men

Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by John Wood

Here’s a pretty interesting item, a poster from the Barnum and Bailey Circus advertising “A Congress of Japan’s Famous Strong Men.” Based on the attire, I would expect to see sumo wrestling and/or grappling such as is pictured in the top half of the poster.

The bottom illustrations are intriguing though: Sumo wrestlers engaging in stone lifting, steel scrolling, live animal wrestling, horseshoe bending, chain breaking… and of particular interest is the gent in the bottom right holding a kettlebell in each hand. This poster is from the 1921 Circus season.

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