Photography

Studio sepia photograph pasted on cardboard of a standing man in circus costume carrying a dark ball with a weight (245 Lb) inscribed on one arm stretched above his head. The background is composed of hangings, fireplace, console, plant and vase. On the back, a handwritten inscription indicates that this is Louis Cyr in 1890. The photographer’s stamp is on the cardboard at the bottom of the photo in mauve.

  • Accession Number 2022.26.72
  • Medium and Support silver print, paper
  • Measurements 16,6 x 10,8 cm
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Historical context

This photograph depicts Louis Cyr, an exhibition athlete known for his strength. Taken in 1890 at the Solomon/Labonte photographic studios, it shows Louis Cyr in costume, carrying a 245-lb. ball on one arm.

Born Cyprien-Noé on October 10, 1863, in Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Montérégie, he grew up in a family of seventeen children. As the eldest, he cut short his schooling to support the household by working on the family farm...

  • Accession Number 2022.26.72
  • Medium and Support silver print, paper
  • Measurements 16,6 x 10,8 cm
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© Pointe-à-Callière Collection, donation by Dave St-Martin,2022.026.072

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