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Above is 'The Fat Men’ Scene from the film ‘Wait and See’ made at the Nettlefield Studios, Walton on Thames in 1928, featuring London’s "Thirty Fat Men." My guess is that the "Thirty Fat Men" was a fat man's club, which used to be pretty common in the late 19th and even up into the 20th century.



Clubmen circa 1900 have a "Fat Man's Contest





Not just for the turn of the century: Sailors of the USS Irex started one in 1953



ETA: Read about a Fat Man's Ball from earlier.



Date: 2010-09-22 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inlaterdays.livejournal.com
Now THOSE are a handsome bunch of fellows! The top photo with the top hats especially makes my little heart go pitter-pat.

Date: 2010-09-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] men-in-full.livejournal.com
I love the self-assurance of these big men in the old photos. And yay to pit-a-pats too! :D

Date: 2010-09-22 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] progbear.livejournal.com
I’ve been a fan of the above two images for years. I especially love the two men on the left in the top image!

Date: 2010-09-22 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] men-in-full.livejournal.com
Yes, the first two are old chestnuts, I know - but they're *classic* chestnuts.

Date: 2010-09-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] progbear.livejournal.com
...which is why I’m glad you used them. It justifies my obsession with them if someone else professes an independent interest in them too.

Date: 2010-09-22 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxauburn.livejournal.com
Man who is second from left and the fellow with goatee ( fourth from left) are my favorites!

That looks to be an era where Big Men were revered!

I was a member of Girth & Mirth of Philadelphia for several years; there some very attractive and friendly big men in the club.

The club folded just this past summer, sadly.

I shall miss it.

Date: 2010-09-24 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] awhitemothflew.livejournal.com
i've always loved fat men in suits. such a nice silhouette! =)

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