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The Strongman: Exploits of Man in Movies

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Hilary Knight collection, with his signature on front pastedown. First Edition. Oversized quarto, and over 750 black and white illustrations. This "exciting, true-life pictorial autobiography" tells the story of Joe Bonomo, who, despite lapsing into obscurity, came from humble beginnings to become one of the leading strongmen of the silent era best known for playing multiple roles in The Island of the Lost Souls. Despite a career cut short when his thick Brooklyn accent ran headlong into the advent of the talkie, Bonomo went on to develop groundbreaking new concepts in marketing, fitness, and publishing. Hundreds of photographs of the Golden Age of Hollywood bring his story to life. Tight binding.

Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.

Product Information

Bonomo Studios, New York
Made of:
paper-bound softcover
Joe Bonomo
Page count:
8.5"L x 1"D x 10.75"H
moderate edge wear, including two small tears at tail of front cover