Archive:
Month: June 2024
Joe Bonomo’s Comic Advertisement

Joe Bonomo’s Comic Advertisement

Most people remember the Charles Atlas “Insult That Made a Man out of Mac” comic ad from the back of thousands of comic books — and it is indeed one of the best and most effective advertisements of all time. However, Atlas was not the first or the only strongman to...

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An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs

An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs

Cabinet cards were taken of many little known strongmen and circus performers, which on one level was a good thing since we can see a little bit more of some folks whose image we might not otherwise see. The flipside though is that in many cases, an image or maybe two...

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Sandow’s Magazine

Sandow’s Magazine

Among the number of Sandow’s many “firsts” include the publication of the first publication devoted to strength training. Initially published from 1898 to 1899 titled “Physical Culture,” it eventually changed its name — appropriately enough — to “Sandow’s Magazine of...

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Simon Javierto

Simon Javierto

Another look at Simon Javierto” of the Philippines who was one of Earle E. Liederman’s top mail-order students. As you can see, his results were impressive (to say the least!) Here Javierto displays phenomenal abdominal control performing a feat of muscle control that...

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Clancy Ross

Clancy Ross

Clarence “Clancy” Ross looking like a million bucks on the cover of the October, 1950 issue of Muscle Power Magazine. According to the cover, Clancy was 6 feet tall, weighed 210 pounds, with a 50-inch chest, 18-inch arms, a 31-inch waist, 27-inch thighs, and could put...

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Steve Justa: The High Plains Heavy Metal Iron Master

Steve Justa: The High Plains Heavy Metal Iron Master

Out in the Nebraska cornfields you’ll find a man who lifts anything he can get his hands on — barrels, rocks, scrap iron, even trucks. He will push, pull, carry and drag the heaviest weights he can, and regularly moves half a ton, if only a few inches, its still...

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Sayed Nosseir

Sayed Nosseir

Here we have the great Egyptian weightlifter Sayed Nosseir deadlifting what looks to be about 400 lbs. at a festival in Berlin in 1935. Nosseir won the Gold Medal in the light-heavyweight class at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic games with a 355 kg total (Press: 100 kg. —...

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Joe Louis ~ Pushups

Joe Louis ~ Pushups

In 1942, the great boxer Joe Louis enlisted into the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for 13 weeks of basic training. Here he performs pushups with fellow troopers at the Cavalry Replacement Training Center on July 13, 1942. Louis was a member of a horse...

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“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger gets in a workout with the wall pulley at an oldtime Chicago gym circa 1906. Note the small dumbbell which has been added to the weight stack. Like most boxers of that era, Benny was also fond of throwing the medicine ball around to...

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Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau was the weightlifting champion of Northern France in the early 1900’s. He was particularly noted for his gripping power, of note of the Régnier and Collins dynamometers on the wall behind him. Gasseau set three official amateur record with these...

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Archive:
Month: June 2024
Joe Bonomo’s Comic Advertisement

Joe Bonomo’s Comic Advertisement

Most people remember the Charles Atlas “Insult That Made a Man out of Mac” comic ad from the back of thousands of comic books — and it is indeed one of the best and most effective advertisements of all time. However, Atlas was not the first or the only strongman to...

read more
An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs

An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs

Cabinet cards were taken of many little known strongmen and circus performers, which on one level was a good thing since we can see a little bit more of some folks whose image we might not otherwise see. The flipside though is that in many cases, an image or maybe two...

read more
Sandow’s Magazine

Sandow’s Magazine

Among the number of Sandow’s many “firsts” include the publication of the first publication devoted to strength training. Initially published from 1898 to 1899 titled “Physical Culture,” it eventually changed its name — appropriately enough — to “Sandow’s Magazine of...

read more
Simon Javierto

Simon Javierto

Another look at Simon Javierto” of the Philippines who was one of Earle E. Liederman’s top mail-order students. As you can see, his results were impressive (to say the least!) Here Javierto displays phenomenal abdominal control performing a feat of muscle control that...

read more
Clancy Ross

Clancy Ross

Clarence “Clancy” Ross looking like a million bucks on the cover of the October, 1950 issue of Muscle Power Magazine. According to the cover, Clancy was 6 feet tall, weighed 210 pounds, with a 50-inch chest, 18-inch arms, a 31-inch waist, 27-inch thighs, and could put...

read more
Steve Justa: The High Plains Heavy Metal Iron Master

Steve Justa: The High Plains Heavy Metal Iron Master

Out in the Nebraska cornfields you’ll find a man who lifts anything he can get his hands on — barrels, rocks, scrap iron, even trucks. He will push, pull, carry and drag the heaviest weights he can, and regularly moves half a ton, if only a few inches, its still...

read more
Sayed Nosseir

Sayed Nosseir

Here we have the great Egyptian weightlifter Sayed Nosseir deadlifting what looks to be about 400 lbs. at a festival in Berlin in 1935. Nosseir won the Gold Medal in the light-heavyweight class at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic games with a 355 kg total (Press: 100 kg. —...

read more
Joe Louis ~ Pushups

Joe Louis ~ Pushups

In 1942, the great boxer Joe Louis enlisted into the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for 13 weeks of basic training. Here he performs pushups with fellow troopers at the Cavalry Replacement Training Center on July 13, 1942. Louis was a member of a horse...

read more
“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger gets in a workout with the wall pulley at an oldtime Chicago gym circa 1906. Note the small dumbbell which has been added to the weight stack. Like most boxers of that era, Benny was also fond of throwing the medicine ball around to...

read more
Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau was the weightlifting champion of Northern France in the early 1900’s. He was particularly noted for his gripping power, of note of the Régnier and Collins dynamometers on the wall behind him. Gasseau set three official amateur record with these...

read more