Take this gentleman, for example: All we know is that he was active in the Holyoke, Massachusetts area at the turn of the century… and he had good taste in equipment. That’s a fine looking dumbbell by his feet. Only time will tell if we ever learn anything more about him.
UPDATE: we found out that the fellow chopping wood is 17-time world champion axeman Leo Appo.
SOLVED: The “hitee’ here is great Australian strongman Don Athaldo, this took place in New South Wales in 1933.
UPDATE: Unknown no more! He is Signor Dondretti, Iron Jaw Athlete and contortionist – he performed with the King & Franklin’s New Colossal Shows in the late 1800s and lifted a 1000 lb. horse with his teeth!