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Elliot, Launceston (1874–1930), weightlifter and strongman, was conceived in Launceston, Tasmania (hence his first name), but born in Bombay, India, on 9 July 1874, the first son of Gilbert Wray Elliot (1833–1910), who was from 1853 to 1877 an official in the Bombay...

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Sandow, Eugen (1867–1925), strongman and physical culturist, was born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller in K?nigsberg, East Prussia, on 2 April 1867. According to conflicting sources he had an older brother or half-brother, and his father was either a prosperous jewel dealer or a greengrocer. His mother was Russian, or of Russian descent, and her maiden name, ...

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Eugen Sandow (1867–1925) by Henry van der Weyde, 1889 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, George (c. 1710–1758), pugilist and showman, made his first appearances as a combatant in his teens in the early days of the sport when boxing was only just separating itself from swordplay and cudgelling. He fought at the amphitheatre, half great fairground booth and half theatre, which had been opened by ...

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George Taylor (c. 1710–1758) by Andrew Miller ? National Portrait Gallery, London