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Discussions Discussion Daredevils and Stunts
Elsa Maestra, Dec. 12, 2011

Before Cirque du Soleil — wayyy before… there were women performing all kinds feats of strength and acrobacy. Basically, these women were kicking some serious butt. I was looking up the Braselly Sisters, strongwomen who performed in the late 19thC, and I came across this fascinating article that describes some of the “Iron Ladies of the Old Times.”

http://www.fscclub.com/history/iron-e.shtml

Read about Olga the Mulatto (born in 1858), who could would hold a Civil War cannon from her teeth while it was fired, and her partner,Theophila Szterker, known as Kaira la Blanche.

I had no idea! Fascinating.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20939975@N04/2872465991/
Elsa Maestra
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