Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Arms of Steel

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 14, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

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Tags: vintage athlete, vintage hunk, vintage strongman

Wonderful French card, but would love some help with the translation of "force de la machoire." Does that mean he holds the record for jaw bite? Because that really would be something! Those "Bras d' Acier" (arms of steel) would pale in comparison.

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Being illiterate in French, I went to some translation websites, and machoire does indeed mean "jaw" or "jawbone".

It occurs to me that in the late 19th Century strongmen would sometimes demonstrate their strength by lifting with the teeth. So this man might hold the record for jaw strength in the sense of simply biting down (as in biting through wood or even metal) -- or instead maybe for lifting some heavy object by clenching some type of handle with his teeth and using his neck, back and leg muscles to lift. Could be either one.