Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tough Guy

Welcome to Tough Guy Week here at OPOD. We kick things off today with this picture of Eugen Sandow. The picture was taken in 1894. Eugen was a Prussian, and is remembered as the father of modern bodybuilding.

OK, so I won the mystery person contest yesterday. I am really sort of surprised, because you all usually get it when it is an actress. It turns out the person in the picture was Stacia Napierkowska. She was big back in the day, and stared in over 90 silent films. She was from France, and was arrested in the US in 1913 during one of her performances for being indecent. The article on the arrest can be seen here:



14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your win yesterday. Now, all of us, your loyal minions, ask that you post a picture of your victory breakfast.

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  2. Marie,
    I will actually have to delay the victory breakfast. Today is the one morning of the year that HEB has the chili roasters. They bring in roasters from Hatch, New Mexico, and they bring in a truck load of the hatch green chilis. So, we are off to town to buy 100 pounds of roasted chilis for the freezer. mmmmm they are good.
    PJM

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  3. Hey, it's Sunday.

    I hope that the fact that you won the OPOD contest yesterday didn't go to your head and make you forget to do your domestic update.

    I was sure it was Betty Boop.
    Good job on stumping all your loyal fans.

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  4. Great Job PJM. Congratulations!

    90 silent films. Who would have thought?

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  5. Enjoy the chilis, and the holiday weekend!

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  6. Looks like another interesting week on OPOD.

    Yesterday's contest was great!

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  7. I'm wondering why this guy has what appears to be a postmark on his upper leg....I suppose the logical answer would be that the picture is a postcard,and it IS a postmark, but shouldn't it be on the other side?

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  8. Congratulations on the win, PJM!

    Would you be able to post a picture of these chilies? You make them sound delicious.

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  9. Regarding Stacia Napierkowska's anti-American comments in 1913. I would be interested to know if she maintained that attitude in light of American troops liberating France twice in her lifetime.

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  10. How's everything on the domestic front?

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  11. Lady Kildew, everything old is new again! Large postal cancellation tattoos are all the rage again. About half my students now have them on their inner thighs. Personally, I think they'll regret them. Giant postmarks will appear dated as they grow older.

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  12. The Prussian's name 'Eugen' reflects the interest in eugenics at the time--the 'science' of breeding better people.

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  13. A well earned victory Mr PJM,enjoy.

    I did look through heaps of pages of silent movie artists but didn't come across her. I quite enjoyed it actually and noticed that many of them were rather risque.Seems showing a bit of flesh back then made one instantly famous. Things havn't changed all that much.

    Have a nice day,from Downunder.

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  14. This guy is ripped. People on steriods these days don't look this good.

    I can do without the fig leaf thing, though.

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