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Month: August 2023
Eugene Waddell

Eugene Waddell

Eugen Waddell was a member of the famed “Jackson Trio” and the only man we know of who could replicate Bob Jones’ signature feat of standing atop a series of Indian Clubs balanced on his fingertips and then flicking them away one-by-one until left balancing rather...

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Jackie Coogan’s Club Swinging

Jackie Coogan’s Club Swinging

Jackie Coogan was one of the first kid movie stars. He appeared in several movies with Charlie Chaplin and many more throughout the 20’s. This rare shot, taken in 1924 when he was around ten years old, shows young Mr. Coogan was also a fan of Indian club swinging,...

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Charles Rigoulot Wrestling Poster

Charles Rigoulot Wrestling Poster

Here’s a rare show bill from back in December of 1946 when Charles Rigoulot took on the British champion Anaconda in a catch wrestling bout at the Palais de la Mutualite (which is still around, by the way). The undercard featuring Andre Drapp, a wrestler with a very...

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371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

Arthur Saxon has a legitimate claim for the greatest strength feat of all time with his bent press of 371 pounds (he was said to have unofficially done 385 pounds.) Either way, it’s a tremendous feat, to lift more weight overhead with one hand than most people can...

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Tom Magee’s Wheelbarrow

Tom Magee’s Wheelbarrow

Tom Magee is a Canadian powerlifting champion who also competed in a number of televised strongman contests in the 80's. Above, a rare shot of Tom hoisting 2700 pounds on a wheelbarrow while winning the le Delfi Mark Ten Challenge held at Verdun Auditorium in...

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Barbed Wire Barbells

Barbed Wire Barbells

This photo is probably from around WWI but unfortunately we have no other details of who it is or how it came to be. It does however, reinforce one important principle of training success: never miss a workout, even if you have to make a barbell out of a fence post...

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Indian Clubs, 1890

Indian Clubs, 1890

No idea of the details of this gent but this photo likely dates to around 1890 or so. One thing is for sure though, you can still go a long way with nothing more than a pair of Indian clubs and a pullup bar.

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Tom Sharkey

Tom Sharkey

A look at the great boxer Tom Sharkey, circa 1898, at the time he held the world heavyweight title. Not sure if Sharkey ever even lifted a weight but he certainly did train as evident by his series of physical culture lessons that he authored for The Police Gazette...

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Madame Yucca

Madame Yucca

Mary Anna Carson was known as Madame Yucca in various circuses in the late 1800's. One of relative few performing strong women, Yucca was also billed as "The Female Sandow," "The Female Samson," or "The Female Hercules" -- take your pick. Yucca was, however, the real...

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Williams Moor-Znamensky

Williams Moor-Znamensky

Williams Moor-Znamensky, also known as Alexander Vladimirovich Znamensky, and pictured here with an awesome globe dumbbell, was another great (but somewhat little known) circus strongman, wrestler, and weightlifter from early 20th century Russia. Moor-Znamensky is...

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Archive:
Month: August 2023
Eugene Waddell

Eugene Waddell

Eugen Waddell was a member of the famed “Jackson Trio” and the only man we know of who could replicate Bob Jones’ signature feat of standing atop a series of Indian Clubs balanced on his fingertips and then flicking them away one-by-one until left balancing rather...

read more
Jackie Coogan’s Club Swinging

Jackie Coogan’s Club Swinging

Jackie Coogan was one of the first kid movie stars. He appeared in several movies with Charlie Chaplin and many more throughout the 20’s. This rare shot, taken in 1924 when he was around ten years old, shows young Mr. Coogan was also a fan of Indian club swinging,...

read more
Charles Rigoulot Wrestling Poster

Charles Rigoulot Wrestling Poster

Here’s a rare show bill from back in December of 1946 when Charles Rigoulot took on the British champion Anaconda in a catch wrestling bout at the Palais de la Mutualite (which is still around, by the way). The undercard featuring Andre Drapp, a wrestler with a very...

read more
371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

Arthur Saxon has a legitimate claim for the greatest strength feat of all time with his bent press of 371 pounds (he was said to have unofficially done 385 pounds.) Either way, it’s a tremendous feat, to lift more weight overhead with one hand than most people can...

read more
Tom Magee’s Wheelbarrow

Tom Magee’s Wheelbarrow

Tom Magee is a Canadian powerlifting champion who also competed in a number of televised strongman contests in the 80's. Above, a rare shot of Tom hoisting 2700 pounds on a wheelbarrow while winning the le Delfi Mark Ten Challenge held at Verdun Auditorium in...

read more
Barbed Wire Barbells

Barbed Wire Barbells

This photo is probably from around WWI but unfortunately we have no other details of who it is or how it came to be. It does however, reinforce one important principle of training success: never miss a workout, even if you have to make a barbell out of a fence post...

read more
Indian Clubs, 1890

Indian Clubs, 1890

No idea of the details of this gent but this photo likely dates to around 1890 or so. One thing is for sure though, you can still go a long way with nothing more than a pair of Indian clubs and a pullup bar.

read more
Tom Sharkey

Tom Sharkey

A look at the great boxer Tom Sharkey, circa 1898, at the time he held the world heavyweight title. Not sure if Sharkey ever even lifted a weight but he certainly did train as evident by his series of physical culture lessons that he authored for The Police Gazette...

read more
Madame Yucca

Madame Yucca

Mary Anna Carson was known as Madame Yucca in various circuses in the late 1800's. One of relative few performing strong women, Yucca was also billed as "The Female Sandow," "The Female Samson," or "The Female Hercules" -- take your pick. Yucca was, however, the real...

read more
Williams Moor-Znamensky

Williams Moor-Znamensky

Williams Moor-Znamensky, also known as Alexander Vladimirovich Znamensky, and pictured here with an awesome globe dumbbell, was another great (but somewhat little known) circus strongman, wrestler, and weightlifter from early 20th century Russia. Moor-Znamensky is...

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