Archive:
Month: October 2023
MacMahon and Matysek’s Unique Lift

MacMahon and Matysek’s Unique Lift

…a good one to put in the don’t-try-this-at-home file. Charles MacMahon and Anthony Matysek are shown here performing a rather unique lift, circa 1925. Better have a pair of gladiator boots if you plan on doing this one.

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The Derrick Brothers

The Derrick Brothers

Here’s a couple of strong men you’ve never heard of: The Derrick Brothers, who came all the way from Brussels, Belgium to perform this feat twice a day at the Nebraska State Fair in 1917. The Derricks also performed with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

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Bobby Pandour

Bobby Pandour

One of the all-time great physiques belonged to Bobby Pandour of Poland. He was an excellent at muscle control as well as hand balancing so much so that he performed an act with his brother Ludovic in the Ringling Brothers Circus in the early 1900’s. The Pandour...

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1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

Check out this excellent 1932 advertisement for the George F. Jowett ‘Molding a Mighty Arm’ course — which was excellent. Fortunately, even many decades later, you can still gain from George F. Jowett’s training methods. We will soon also have Jowett’s Strongman...

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Cafe Des Indes

Cafe Des Indes

Images of strength have been used for promotional purposes for years. Here’s a French advertisement for Indian Coffee that dates to 1901. This strong fellow — evidently named Mr. Lefort — is hefting a globe dumbbell and some French blockweights. Needless to say, their...

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Michelos-Ki The Strongman

Michelos-Ki The Strongman

Only a few postcards exist for Michelos-Ki, the Strongman. About the only thing we know about him is that he didn’t possess one shred of originality — Mr. Michelos-Ki seems to have copied every single one of his feats from other strongmen. Interestingly, many of the...

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Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee was a big fan of dumbbells for various forms of training. Here, Bruce is doing some jumping drills (on a trampoline which is out of the frame at the bottom) with some added dumbbell resistance. These dumbbells weigh eleven and a half pounds each and Bruce...

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Vulcana ~ Kate Roberts

Vulcana ~ Kate Roberts

Another look at the lovely Vulcana, also known as Kate Roberts. She was sometimes called “The Female Sandow" (Like nearly all performing strong women.) Once, when a pickpocket made the unfortunate decision to attempt to make away with her purse, the strongwoman...

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Ivan Shutov

Ivan Shutov

Ivan Shutov was a strongman in the Russian Circus for twelve years. His nicknames (fittingly) were “The Man with Iron Hands”and “The King of Nails” since he could bend an 8-inch nail into a knot or pound a nail into a wooden board with nothing but a blow from his bare...

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James Calabrese – The Italian Hercules

James Calabrese – The Italian Hercules

Now THAT”S an Indian Club! — The relatives of James “The Italian Hercules” Calabrese contacted us recently to see if we had any further info in our files. Unfortunately we did not, but they did provide us with this most excellent and very rare image which ran in the...

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Archive:
Month: October 2023
MacMahon and Matysek’s Unique Lift

MacMahon and Matysek’s Unique Lift

…a good one to put in the don’t-try-this-at-home file. Charles MacMahon and Anthony Matysek are shown here performing a rather unique lift, circa 1925. Better have a pair of gladiator boots if you plan on doing this one.

read more
The Derrick Brothers

The Derrick Brothers

Here’s a couple of strong men you’ve never heard of: The Derrick Brothers, who came all the way from Brussels, Belgium to perform this feat twice a day at the Nebraska State Fair in 1917. The Derricks also performed with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

read more
Bobby Pandour

Bobby Pandour

One of the all-time great physiques belonged to Bobby Pandour of Poland. He was an excellent at muscle control as well as hand balancing so much so that he performed an act with his brother Ludovic in the Ringling Brothers Circus in the early 1900’s. The Pandour...

read more
1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

Check out this excellent 1932 advertisement for the George F. Jowett ‘Molding a Mighty Arm’ course — which was excellent. Fortunately, even many decades later, you can still gain from George F. Jowett’s training methods. We will soon also have Jowett’s Strongman...

read more
Cafe Des Indes

Cafe Des Indes

Images of strength have been used for promotional purposes for years. Here’s a French advertisement for Indian Coffee that dates to 1901. This strong fellow — evidently named Mr. Lefort — is hefting a globe dumbbell and some French blockweights. Needless to say, their...

read more
Michelos-Ki The Strongman

Michelos-Ki The Strongman

Only a few postcards exist for Michelos-Ki, the Strongman. About the only thing we know about him is that he didn’t possess one shred of originality — Mr. Michelos-Ki seems to have copied every single one of his feats from other strongmen. Interestingly, many of the...

read more
Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee was a big fan of dumbbells for various forms of training. Here, Bruce is doing some jumping drills (on a trampoline which is out of the frame at the bottom) with some added dumbbell resistance. These dumbbells weigh eleven and a half pounds each and Bruce...

read more
Vulcana ~ Kate Roberts

Vulcana ~ Kate Roberts

Another look at the lovely Vulcana, also known as Kate Roberts. She was sometimes called “The Female Sandow" (Like nearly all performing strong women.) Once, when a pickpocket made the unfortunate decision to attempt to make away with her purse, the strongwoman...

read more
Ivan Shutov

Ivan Shutov

Ivan Shutov was a strongman in the Russian Circus for twelve years. His nicknames (fittingly) were “The Man with Iron Hands”and “The King of Nails” since he could bend an 8-inch nail into a knot or pound a nail into a wooden board with nothing but a blow from his bare...

read more
James Calabrese – The Italian Hercules

James Calabrese – The Italian Hercules

Now THAT”S an Indian Club! — The relatives of James “The Italian Hercules” Calabrese contacted us recently to see if we had any further info in our files. Unfortunately we did not, but they did provide us with this most excellent and very rare image which ran in the...

read more