Sunday, June 25, 2023


These men seem to have darker hair than most of those in the collection.



  1. The Estonians are a Finnic people closely related, as is their language, to the Finns. (When Estonia was absorbed into the USSR, it was noticeable that the television aerials were pointed to transmitters in southern Finland.) Both are Asiatic in origin, putting the lie to the idea in the West that Asians have to be darker skinned. Estonia has been a greatly disputed territory over the centuries, bringing ethnic Germans, Swedes, Danes, Poles and Russians to this small country. It is not the case that all of the above are necessarily fair-skinned and -haired and blue-eyed peoples - some Finns and Swedes have very black hair. This complex history perhaps explains their colouring.

    1. Quite so. I have seen strongmen Hackenschmidt and Lurich both described as Estonian-German-Swedish hybrids.