Author:
John Wood
The 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team

The 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team

A look at most of the 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team left to right: John Davis, Emerick Ishikawa, Frank Spellman, John Terpak, Stan Stanczyk, and coach Bob Hoffman. (not pictured: Frank Kay.) This was the first team to lift against the Russians. Davis and Stanczyk...

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Paul Von Boeckmann: Chest Expansion Specialist

Paul Von Boeckmann: Chest Expansion Specialist

Paul Von Boeckmann was a strongman from New York City toward the end of the 19th century. Over time, he developed a unique system of chest expansion methods which allowed him to build “the largest and most powerful lungs in the world” according to his advertisements....

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Peak Muscle Maker

Peak Muscle Maker

“Peak Muscle Maker” was a nifty bodybuilding magazine out of the UK. The first issue appeared in June of 1969 and they came on a semi-regular basis for the next few years — there were 28 issues in all, although none but the first one were dated. Here’s the Volume II,...

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Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik

Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik

Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik, shown here training in 1947, is another in the long line of great Russian weightlifting champions. Born in the Russian city of Penza, A.V. Kovalik had many other achievements off the platform, including becoming a "Master of Sport" in...

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Nikolay Saksonov

Nikolay Saksonov

Nikolay Saksonov, looking every bit the Russian weightlifter, was a featherweight lifter who won a Silver medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, a Gold Medal at the 1953 World Championships held in Stockholm, and set seven official World Records over his storied...

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Roy Smith Jr’s Hip Lift

Roy Smith Jr’s Hip Lift

Roy Smith Jr., from New York City, was an ardent Milo Barbell system pupil and “barbell man.” His favorite movement was the Jefferson lift, and steady practice of this lift gave him tremendous lower body strength. Here, Mr. Smith is just about to perform a “hip-lift”...

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The Mighty Atom Bites a Nail in Half!

The Mighty Atom Bites a Nail in Half!

Even as an old man, The Mighty Atom had a formidable set of choppers. Here, he easily bites the head off a nail at the York Museum sometime in the 1960’s (you can tell this is York because that’s the famous marble statue of John Grimek in the background.)

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How to Wrestle by Frederick R. Toombs

How to Wrestle by Frederick R. Toombs

In the late 1899’s and early 29th century, The American Sports Publishing Co. put out dozens of booklets as part of Spalding’s Sports Library. — everything from lawn tennis, bowling, how to play 3rd base, to almanacs and rule books. This “How to Wrestle,” guide book...

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Marino! ~ Circus Busch

Marino! ~ Circus Busch

Several fabulous posters for “Marino” appeared for the Circus Busch in the early 1900’s. Marino’s act always featured automobiles (which were relatively new and no doubt still a curiosity to the general public at the time) — he was either lifting them, or, as shown...

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Author:
John Wood
The 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team

The 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team

A look at most of the 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team left to right: John Davis, Emerick Ishikawa, Frank Spellman, John Terpak, Stan Stanczyk, and coach Bob Hoffman. (not pictured: Frank Kay.) This was the first team to lift against the Russians. Davis and Stanczyk...

read more
Paul Von Boeckmann: Chest Expansion Specialist

Paul Von Boeckmann: Chest Expansion Specialist

Paul Von Boeckmann was a strongman from New York City toward the end of the 19th century. Over time, he developed a unique system of chest expansion methods which allowed him to build “the largest and most powerful lungs in the world” according to his advertisements....

read more
Peak Muscle Maker

Peak Muscle Maker

“Peak Muscle Maker” was a nifty bodybuilding magazine out of the UK. The first issue appeared in June of 1969 and they came on a semi-regular basis for the next few years — there were 28 issues in all, although none but the first one were dated. Here’s the Volume II,...

read more
Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik

Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik

Anatoly Vladimirovich Kovalik, shown here training in 1947, is another in the long line of great Russian weightlifting champions. Born in the Russian city of Penza, A.V. Kovalik had many other achievements off the platform, including becoming a "Master of Sport" in...

read more
Nikolay Saksonov

Nikolay Saksonov

Nikolay Saksonov, looking every bit the Russian weightlifter, was a featherweight lifter who won a Silver medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, a Gold Medal at the 1953 World Championships held in Stockholm, and set seven official World Records over his storied...

read more
Roy Smith Jr’s Hip Lift

Roy Smith Jr’s Hip Lift

Roy Smith Jr., from New York City, was an ardent Milo Barbell system pupil and “barbell man.” His favorite movement was the Jefferson lift, and steady practice of this lift gave him tremendous lower body strength. Here, Mr. Smith is just about to perform a “hip-lift”...

read more
The Mighty Atom Bites a Nail in Half!

The Mighty Atom Bites a Nail in Half!

Even as an old man, The Mighty Atom had a formidable set of choppers. Here, he easily bites the head off a nail at the York Museum sometime in the 1960’s (you can tell this is York because that’s the famous marble statue of John Grimek in the background.)

read more
How to Wrestle by Frederick R. Toombs

How to Wrestle by Frederick R. Toombs

In the late 1899’s and early 29th century, The American Sports Publishing Co. put out dozens of booklets as part of Spalding’s Sports Library. — everything from lawn tennis, bowling, how to play 3rd base, to almanacs and rule books. This “How to Wrestle,” guide book...

read more
Marino! ~ Circus Busch

Marino! ~ Circus Busch

Several fabulous posters for “Marino” appeared for the Circus Busch in the early 1900’s. Marino’s act always featured automobiles (which were relatively new and no doubt still a curiosity to the general public at the time) — he was either lifting them, or, as shown...

read more