Monday, April 20, 2009

Ladies' Week

I got a lot of email last week about me posting pictures of women who were considered desirable in their day. So, in fairness, we kick off "Ladies' Week" today, in which each day we will post a picture for the ladies of a heart throb from years gone by. We start today with this stirring image of John Sullivan, a bare-knuckle prize fighter. The picture was taken in 1898. Posters will be available.

9 comments:

  1. Good morning and thanks for the early morning pick me up!

    I believe you posted this photo once before. When it appeared, I called in my 12 and 14 year old daughters and told them to look at the man who was considered incredibly handsome in his day. They looked at him and then looked at me as if I had lost my mind!!

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  2. He's hot, really hot. Does anyone know where I can get those tights for my husband?

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  3. Stirring, indeed. My recently consumed breakfast just "stirred" in my stomach.

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  4. Must have been the mustache. Yes, my daughter openly laughed at the photo.

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  5. the article is very good and interesting to read

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  6. Now, how come the bygone era ladies were still appealing, but this poor bloke is getting chaffed. I agree with the chaff but how come? ...I like patriotic the belt! Must have psyched out the competitors and aroused the crowd. He was, after all, America's first national sports hero! Although, I'm not a boxing fan, it's fun to note his last and paramount bare knuckle bout was here in Mississippi.

    My husband shifted from body building style weight lifting (not the greased up, distorted style: ick!) to power lifting a few years ago, developing a Mr. Sullivan size "power gut" for balance and back support. Steve still makes me swoon!

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  7. It looks like a picture taken towards the end of his career when food and drink had got the better of him. A more flattering picture of him can be seen on wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_L._Sullivan1.jpg).

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  8. In all honesty, if any of us saw this guy walking down the street (in normal clothes, not the tights, ha ha) we wouldn't give him a second glance as beign odd looking. Because he has his shirt off and we have been fed a redesigned standard of what a good looking man should look like, many will class this man as flabby or unmuscular. To be a bare knuckle fighter he had to have tremendous arm strength and it apparently was not obvious in the lean muscled, fat free, steroid induced style we've been taught to admire today.

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  9. I don't think Sullivan was considered an example of male pulchrtude, he was considered a great fighter. With his hard living and brutal profession, he looks good at 40 in that picture.
    If one was to look at pictures of men fully clothed, I guess Johnston Forbes-Robertson would be an good example of 19th Century handsome. That's the first name who came me. 8-)

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