Three wrestlers posing in the 1920s
Catch-wrestling magazines of 1920
1920 yearbook photo of the wrestling team at UPenn
College wrestlers posing in the nude
Amateur homoerotica from the 1930s
Ernest Cadine, French wrestler and strongman in 1920
Lobby card for the silent movie The Wrestlers (1920)
Georg Hackenschmidt, UK-based wrestler and strongman, dubbed "The Russian Lion"
Gustav Frištenský, Czech wrestler in 1920
Tom Jenkins, three-time heavyweight champion wrestler
Reginald Siki, professional wrestler, born in Missouri, billed as Ethiopian
Japanese-American wrestlers at the University of Washington
Up front, Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler who later played strongman Eugen Sandow in the Oscar-winning best picture The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Photographic recreation of the sculpture The Uffizi Wrestlers
* George's paradigm-shifting impact on pro wrestling and popular culture at large is detailed in John Capouya's 2008 biography. George himself was a genius, I think, a real artist as well as showman and athlete, but I'm ambivalent about his widespread effect on wrestling since I often pine for the simpler, earnest, and unironic version of the biz. It's generally believed, though, that without Gorgeous George, pro wrestling would not have survived to the end of the 20th century and would have taken the same path to oblivion as roller derby and dance marathons.