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Feat of strength

Something a little different today: recently, I went to the Toronto Archives to view their exhibit of Toronto photographs from the 1920s. I recommend the exhibit if you’re into this sort of thing.

Here’s one photograph that caught my attention (I photographed it with my digital camera, which I was allowed to do, thankfully):

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This photo was taken by a photographer named William James in 1922. The caption: “The beach at Hanlan’s Point has long been a destination for swimmers, sunbathers, and picknickers who are drawn to its scenic beaches and sand dunes. In this image, Fred H. Beasley of 324 Ontario Street, well-known locally for his demonstrations of strength, is seen executing a balancing stunt with the help of three unidentified women.”

Because I have access to online Toronto city directories, I looked Mr. Beasley up. Unless it’s two different people named Fred H. Beasley, I fear that he was not around too long: he is listed in the 1922 and 1923 directories at 324 Ontario, a Fred H. Beasley is listed at a different address in 1924 and 1925, and his widow is listed at that address in 1926.

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