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Taken in 1898 in Slough, England. My mother gave me this picture years ago; my great-great-(great?)-uncle is the big guy second from the left (H. Atkins). She said that at the time, they were the heaviest men in England. I found the original picture on the web, confirming the name and location. View full size.