Edmond Desbonnet, ‘La Gymnastique des Organes’ (c. 1900)

The following poster comes courtesy of the Wellcome Trust Library and details the famous French physical culturist Edmond Desbonnet's efforts to educate consumers on the importance of physical culture for the body. A jovial but nonetheless important reminder that exercise in any shape can be immensely beneficial. They knew it one hundred years ago and... Continue Reading →

The Most Beautiful Man in the World, A French Physical Culture Documentary Featuring the Legendary Steve Reeves

As Joan Tumblety noted in her work on early twentieth-century¬†physical culture, the French have long displayed an interest and an affinity¬†for exercise. Indeed, on all sides of the political spectrum, French athletes, politicians and schoolteachers have often sought to improve the physical lot of French men and women through purposeful exercise. For some this took... Continue Reading →

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