Story: Body shape and dieting

Eugen Sandow

Eugen Sandow

After bodybuilder Eugen Sandow toured New Zealand in 1902–3, many people were encouraged to follow his system of exercises for developing the physique. Sandow himself was the best advertisement for the method, and photographs of him, such as this one posed in front of a classical column, provided inspiration for would-be bodybuilders. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Herman John Schmidt Collection (PAColl-3059)
Reference: 1/1-001839-G
Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Caroline Daley, 'Body shape and dieting - The ideal figure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Caroline Daley, published 5 Sep 2013