Siegmund Breitbart can be seen scrolling steel bars in many of of most popular photos — not only did it look great for his act but he was very talented at it. This exceptional example of scrolled steel bar can be found at an exhibit for Breitbart in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.
Siegmund Breitbart was a master of many traditional strongman feats (horseshoe bending, Nail driving, steel scrolling etc) but he also came up with a number of his own unique feats. Here’s a shot of Breitbart supporting a full-blown motorcycle race on his chest!
A few years back Dennis Rogers performed in Detroit and gave me the piece of steel he bent into a pretzel shape during the show. If you look closely you can see that it is dated 11/06/2005 and signed by Dennis.
Stanley Radwan “The King of Iron and Steel” lives up to his nickname with a bit of scroll work. This rare shot is from a performance on October 10, 1950.
Check out this previously unpublished image of the great Siegmund Breitbart scrolling a piece of steel around his forearm.
The Great Orlando was another excellent steel bending strongman from Florence, Italy. Unsurprisingly, a steady diet of long bar steel scrolling led to some big strong hands and a knotty pair of forearms.
Stefan Siatkowski a.k.a Samson a.k.a “The Man of Iron” was a Polish Strongman who excelled in bar bending, nail bending, steel scrolling and anything else that involved bending metal. He was active as late as the 1960’s.
In 1924, at seventeen years of age, Saxon Brown was Britain’s strongest youth. As a professional, he performed many traditional feats of strength such as Nail Driving, Nail Bending, Card Tearing, The Human Chain and Steel Scrolling.
Brown could also lift a car from the side and would let a motorcycle drive over his neck as a part of his act…he is thought to be the first man to pull a bus with his teeth. Brown was also clearly a big fan of chest expanders.
Arthur Santell was just a kid from Los Angeles with an interest in physical training who talented enough to be featured the newspaper every once in a while. What we do know of Arthur Santell is that he could drive a 20 penny nail through two 1-inch boards with his fist, break chains with his bare hands and scroll a 1-1/2-inch x 1/4-inch steel band around his arm. This picture was taken on May 6th, 1930. Santell was 18 at the time.