Friday, August 21, 2020


This is a strongman named Pospeschil, but what I'm not sure about is whether it is photoshopped or not.


  1. I remember that I was going to write to you about * but I'm afraid life intervened.

    Karl Pospischil – both the Christian name and surname are German – was born in Bohemia, once a former kingdom in its own right and a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which at the time of his birth then constituted the western-most territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Pospschil was clearly from the racial minority of what would later be called ‘Sudeten Germans’ when the new republic of Czechoslovakia was created by the Treaty of Versailles. He was most probably a native German speaker but also spoke Czech, a variant of Western Slavic which, although not immediately mutually comprehensible with Russian, shares nonetheless a basic vocabulary. More importantly, however, was that pre-revolutionary Russia was a vast empire that contained a large number of ethnic Germans who remained German-speaking. There appears to be a large number of photographs of strongmen, acrobats and weightlifters from the time whose names are clearly transliterations into the Cyrillic alphabet from the German. It is difficult to know if these men were German nationals or, like Pospischil, of the wider German-speaking diaspora, including those within Russian Empire.

    As to whether this photograph is photoshopped, it is worth mentioning that both Slavs and Germans were historically highly disapproving of circumcision, harbouring a similar intensity of dislike as the Greeks and Romans of the Classical world – an important point, given the Classical revival of the Victorian period. Aside from a small but influential movement within the senior officer class of the Prussian – and later German Imperial – Army which seems to have promoted circumcision as a warrior attribute, German and Slav societies were not circumcising cultures. This negativity was largely fuelled by an endemic antisemitism as prevalent amongst the Orthodox Christians as it was Roman Catholics and Protestant Lutherans. Apart from a brief period in the early 17th century when an independent Protestant Bohemian state failed to survive and Protestantism was thereafter driven underground, Bohemia was largely Catholic. On the grounds of Pospischil’s ethnicity, religion and culture, it is therefore highly unlikely that aside from perhaps exceptional medical need, he would not have been circumcised, nor would he have wished it known were it in fact the case.

    1. You make a lot of good points, but read on below for some alternative views.

  2. I can't get enough detail to see whether he's circumcised, but I have known several men who were not but whose foreskins covered only about as much of their cocks as his does in this photo, so I wasn't aware of a foreskin issue. I appreciate the extra information about circumcision from Calorman, though. More facts to file re human bodies and fashion.

  3. Perhaps naturally short foreskin on a hung man?