Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

What would happen if two of the greatest strength athletes in history went head to head? Whether bodybuilding, Olympic lifting or unusual feats of strength, I would say the match up between John Grimek and Steve Stanko is pretty evenly matched. Only history knows the...

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Captain Bob Anderson – Little Sampson

Captain Bob Anderson – Little Sampson

We managed to dig up more info on the fairly obscure strongman Captain Bob Anderson. Captain Bob got his first taste of fame as a Hollywood stuntman where he specialized in crashing planes. As as stuntman, his work appeared in a number of pictures in the early 1930’s...

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Harry Ekizian

Harry Ekizian

As a boy, Harry Ekizian escaped the Armenian Genocide. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a short time later he was sold as a slave to Arabs. After four years of hard labor, he escaped and eventually made his way to the United States and joined the Navy where he worked as...

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Iron Boots

Iron Boots

Iron Boots are just as effective today for the very same reaseons they were “back in the day”: they are extremely portable and allow you to do a variety of exercises that are all but impossible with any other form of equipment. Here’s an ad for Joe Weider’s Iron Boots...

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Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Here we have Mr. Theodore Lang of Macassar, Dutch Indies, showing his stuff circa 1930. It was said that two buddies and another 160 pounds of fully-loaded barbell totaled around 400 pounds which he held in a top-of-the-head bridge — not bad!

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1950 AAU Sr. National Weightlifting Program

1950 AAU Sr. National Weightlifting Program

Here’s a look at the cover of the 1950 AAU Sr. National Weightlifting Championships. As was customary, the AAU Mr. America bodybuilding contest took place the same weekend. All the cover men did not disappoint, Joe De Pietro, Pete George, Stan Stanczyk, and Joe Pitman...

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Butty vs. Motorcycle

Butty vs. Motorcycle

Here’s our favorite publican Butty Sugrue pitting his choppers against a 500 c.c. motorcycle going at full throttle. Butty stood his ground for a few seconds but the rope actually snapped! This event took place in front of the Admiral Nelson pub, in Kilburn, London on...

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Blog Mix 2.9.2024

Blog Mix 2.9.2024

An eclectic mix of images from this blog and other images from our massive collection and archives, set to epic music in this entertaining slide show.

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Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes, a German Variety entertainer, is shown here allowing a Volkswagen to run over his pillow-covered head. Many strongmen have been “run over” by a car but this one is a first. Corthes didn’t even blink and apparently suffered no ill effect. This feat took...

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Big Muscles Quick!

Big Muscles Quick!

Gotta love those great old ads. If you saved up your paper route money, you could send away for this 12-in-1 Muscle Building outfit which contained a wall exerciser, high tension hand grips, head strap, cable set, foot attachment, a jump rope, rowing machine, wall...

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