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IL Duce and the Father of Physical Culture – Iron Game History – January, 2000

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was fond of the art of the gesture. Once a journalist, he admired the opinion-massaging potential of a well-executed press item. During his rise to power, photographers most often caught him in showy regalia, making speeches, or half-naked, pitching hay with peasants, muscles and machismo on display.