Léotard, Jules – at Acrobatics


The Jules Léotard mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique athletes in a variety of arenas from baseball to rodeo.  An image of Jules Léotard and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Jules Léotard was the inventor of the trapeze act, which he performed in public for the first time in 1859 at Cirque Napoléon in Paris.  While performing at Ashburnham Hall in Cremorne Gardens, Jules Léotard ‟flew” between five flying trapezes turning summersaults between each trapeze.

Born in Toulouse, France, Léotard᾽s parents ran a swimming pool where he practiced trapeze routines over the water.  Léotard studied law and passed the exams, however, his love of performing prevailed.  He created a one-piece knitted costume streamlined for safety and agility, first known as a maillot, and after his death renamed the leotard.  It showed off his physique and inspired the 1867 song “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.”

This Jules Léotard History Mug is part of our Athletes series.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.

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