As Monday approaches , I thought we all could use a bit of male pulchritude; Sandow comes to mind.
I particularly admire his desire to emulate the Grecian Ideal, he was known to measure classical statuary, adapting the proportions to suit his well endowed frame.
(image by Benjamin Falk, source for all Sandow images.)
I particularly love this image, the reference so clear…
Sandow enjoyed incredible popularity, for a culture so intent upon not allowing women to dare show an ankle; Sandow, with his allusions (pretensions) to Grecian beauty was free to pose in little more then a fig leaf, apparently in the company of the fairest sex.
For helpful hints check out his 1897 Strength and How To Obtain It.
As today, a pretty face and prettier abs sells bucketloads of crap, we are all eager for a quick fix; the following advertisement is not unlike late night Bowflex enticements of not so very long ago.
Perhaps I can blame Sandow for my irrational belief that the hours I spend toiling at Gold’s will result in the magical transformation I so crave. He certainly started something with all that pretty flexing, here is a clip from 1895 ( how crazy is that, a clip from a man long dead, THAT’S magical!)
b. April 2nd 1867
d. October 14th 1925
Thank you Mr. Sandow for the beauty and the inspiration.
With that, Good Night,