Being that fat before the internet, TV, modern junk food, cars and in the age of manual labor was probably no simple feat. He wouldn’t look completely out of my place at my local Costco today.
It's hard to see but the larger fellow is on two chairs tied together.
Are those cigars strapped to his chest? Is he wearing some sort of cigar holster?
Here's an translation of the French caption found on an uncolorized version of this picture.
"Cannon, the giant Dutch colossus weighing 738 pounds, doing a game with the biggest Russian Casacque and the 70 year old Dwarf Chip."
🎶 *Boggis, Bunce, and Bean; one fat, one short, one lean. Those horrible crooks, so different in looks, are nonetheless equally mean. *🎶
This must be where J.R.R. Tolkien got his inspiration for the fellowship of the ring.
I don't think a big hat qualifies you for the tallest man
"I am the tallest man in Europe, of course I need the tallest hat in Europe."
I just want to know how in the age before internet they all wound up in a room together.