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Month: September 2023
Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Hjelmar Lundi, Swedish strongman and wrestler, is shown here in the act of carrying 1365 pounds of mostly human weight from one end of the stage to the other, a feat he performed every night as he thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Supporting feats were always...

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Bill Pettis

Bill Pettis

Another look at Bill Pettis and his 23-1/4-inch arms. Bill actually competed in a few bodybuilding contests in the early 70’s but typically finished toward the bottom of the pack — he certainly had the arms covered, but not much else. Note that Bill is also sporting a...

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Appolon Campistron

Appolon Campistron

Just who was Appolon Campiston? Unfortunately this postcard is all we have ever found on the man so any other details of his life and exploits are unfortunately lost to history. He looks like he was a wrestler, in addition to being a strongman (as most strength...

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Alexandre Bedock

Alexandre Bedock

Alexandre Bedock was the steel bending AND boxing champion of South Africa, circa 1904. It’s also not hard to see how proficiency in one of those disciplines will assist in success in the other.

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Ardo Krastin

Ardo Krastin

Ardo Krastin was a weightlifter from Estonia who was active in the 1950s. Unfortunately we haven’t found much else about him.

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Harold Musselman

Harold Musselman

Harold Musselman (which is an utterly fantastic name for a weightlifter), of the Baltimore YMCA, is shown here in January of 1936, smashing his own South Atlantic record in the snatch in the 165 lb class with a lift of 205 pounds. In the same meet, Musselman also set...

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Oldtime Wrestlers

Oldtime Wrestlers

A group of oldtime wrestlers, circa 1904. At the time they were competing in a tournament at the Palast Theatre in Berlin, Germany in April of 1904. Pictured from left to right: Nikola Petroff, Georg Lurich, Ivan Romanoff, Laurent le Beaucairois, Ferdinand Dieckmann,...

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Anthony Munoz Shrugs

Anthony Munoz Shrugs

Here’s a look at the great offensive tackle Anthony Munoz of the Cincinnati Bengals using the Nautilus Neck and Shoulder machine in the Spinney Field practice facility weight room sometime in the early 1980’s. The Nautilus Neck and Shoulder Machine allowed one to...

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Sailor Jim White: The Human Link

Sailor Jim White: The Human Link

Here’s a rare one that you probably haven’t seen before: “Sailor” Jim White, Champion Strong Man of The Navy, performs “The Human Link” feat in front of a crowd in Boston, circa 1917. Three lads per side couldn’t budge the brawny fireman. This performance was done to...

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Just Another Afternoon at Vince’s Gym

Just Another Afternoon at Vince’s Gym

Here’s a rare and impromptu shot from Vince’s gym on some forgotten afternoon long ago. Vince was in mid-sentence and his eyes were half closed — he would probably have a fit if he knew this shot ever got out. Look closely, that’s a stack of Vince’s (new?) abdominal...

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Archive:
Month: September 2023
Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Hjelmar Lundi, Swedish strongman and wrestler, is shown here in the act of carrying 1365 pounds of mostly human weight from one end of the stage to the other, a feat he performed every night as he thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Supporting feats were always...

read more
Bill Pettis

Bill Pettis

Another look at Bill Pettis and his 23-1/4-inch arms. Bill actually competed in a few bodybuilding contests in the early 70’s but typically finished toward the bottom of the pack — he certainly had the arms covered, but not much else. Note that Bill is also sporting a...

read more
Appolon Campistron

Appolon Campistron

Just who was Appolon Campiston? Unfortunately this postcard is all we have ever found on the man so any other details of his life and exploits are unfortunately lost to history. He looks like he was a wrestler, in addition to being a strongman (as most strength...

read more
Alexandre Bedock

Alexandre Bedock

Alexandre Bedock was the steel bending AND boxing champion of South Africa, circa 1904. It’s also not hard to see how proficiency in one of those disciplines will assist in success in the other.

read more
Ardo Krastin

Ardo Krastin

Ardo Krastin was a weightlifter from Estonia who was active in the 1950s. Unfortunately we haven’t found much else about him.

read more
Harold Musselman

Harold Musselman

Harold Musselman (which is an utterly fantastic name for a weightlifter), of the Baltimore YMCA, is shown here in January of 1936, smashing his own South Atlantic record in the snatch in the 165 lb class with a lift of 205 pounds. In the same meet, Musselman also set...

read more
Oldtime Wrestlers

Oldtime Wrestlers

A group of oldtime wrestlers, circa 1904. At the time they were competing in a tournament at the Palast Theatre in Berlin, Germany in April of 1904. Pictured from left to right: Nikola Petroff, Georg Lurich, Ivan Romanoff, Laurent le Beaucairois, Ferdinand Dieckmann,...

read more
Anthony Munoz Shrugs

Anthony Munoz Shrugs

Here’s a look at the great offensive tackle Anthony Munoz of the Cincinnati Bengals using the Nautilus Neck and Shoulder machine in the Spinney Field practice facility weight room sometime in the early 1980’s. The Nautilus Neck and Shoulder Machine allowed one to...

read more
Sailor Jim White: The Human Link

Sailor Jim White: The Human Link

Here’s a rare one that you probably haven’t seen before: “Sailor” Jim White, Champion Strong Man of The Navy, performs “The Human Link” feat in front of a crowd in Boston, circa 1917. Three lads per side couldn’t budge the brawny fireman. This performance was done to...

read more
Just Another Afternoon at Vince’s Gym

Just Another Afternoon at Vince’s Gym

Here’s a rare and impromptu shot from Vince’s gym on some forgotten afternoon long ago. Vince was in mid-sentence and his eyes were half closed — he would probably have a fit if he knew this shot ever got out. Look closely, that’s a stack of Vince’s (new?) abdominal...

read more