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Please Hold: 1908

Please Hold: 1908

New York, 1908. "George Bothner and John Perelli (standing)." Bothner (1867-1954) held the title of world lightweight wresting champion. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

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What a back, indeed!

and this is at age 41, if all the dates are correct.

What a back

Such spectacular tension and muscular definition. Puts one in mind of certain drawings of Michelangelo.

Wrestling?

But where are the fireworks, the outré costumes, the bikini-clad corner workers, the folding chairs for throwing or using as a cudgel?

Obviously, these folks need a marketing and branding consultant!

Ouch

It looks like the standing wrestler is getting ready to body slam his opponent onto what appears to be a wood floor with no padding. That would really smart.

Wow

The muscles on Bothner's back are amazing. Just wow.

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