Showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Was Born
March 21, 1869
The Great Sandow, a 23-year old muscle man, performed with only moderate success in New York, until Ziegfeld became his manager. He whisked the young man off to the World's Columbian Exposition (a world's fair) in 1893 and created a sensation by inviting members of Chicago's high society backstage to touch Sandow's mighty muscles. Revenues soared. Ziegfeld's great triumph, the Follies, came soon after.
VIDEO CREDIT: Edison Manufacturing Co. "Sandow / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; producer, W.K.L. Dickson.," 1894(?). Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound, Library of Congress. Call Number FEC 8117.