Strength! Featuring Saxon Brown (1930)

Born in England in the early 1900s, Saxon Brown (real name Henry Brown) was briefly lauded during the 1930s as ‘Britain’s strongest youth‘ & ‘the world’s strongest young man’. Though his time in the physical culture spotlight was short lived, Brown’s strength was immortalised thanks to the below British Pathé footage.

Featuring a number of very old-school strongman feats including the hitting of anvils placed on Brown’s stomach, the video reminds us that the vaudeville and carnival roots of physical culture continued well into the twentieth-century.