Author:
John Wood
Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev

Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev

Here’s one from the deep Iron Game archive: Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev sets a World Record with a left-arm clean and jerk of an astounding 114 kg, at a meet in Leningrad, circa November 12, 1949. After setting his first left arm clean and jerk record of 100.5 kg in...

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Young Samson, The British Goliath

Young Samson, The British Goliath

George Robinson performed as “Young Samson, The British Goliath” in England in the 1920’s. Unfortunately other than a postcard and a few newspaper clippings, not much else is known about him — but Young Samson clearly did have a keen sense of showmanship. With the...

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Anders Andersson

Anders Andersson

Anders Andersson is another example in the long line of great strongmen from Sweden. And like many other strongmen of the time, he also wrestled — and excelled in both disciplines. On the mat, at times he was known as “The Terrible Swede.” Andersson’s most famous...

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Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

After Charles Rigoulot’s competitive weightlifting career came to an end, he still found ways to use his great strength to his advantage. Rigoulot worked as a circus strongman, wrestled, and raced cars but he ended up having the most success in the theatre where his...

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Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

It was at Osaka Station in April, 1935, that 34-year old Akio Hirai earned the right to call himself “The Strongest Man in Japan” by pulling a freight car loaded with 160 men a distance of 70 meters with a chain gripped in his teeth!

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Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, set his first endurance Indian Club swinging record in 1895, swinging a pair of 2lb. 9oz. clubs for 26 hours, non-stop. Bax set his last (and all-time) endurance club record on December 10, 1913 swinging a pair of “light”...

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Romulus

Romulus

Cosimo Molino, aka Romulus, as you might have guessed if you know your Roman history, was one half of a duo with fellow Italian Strongman “Remus” Gaiacomo Zaffarina. Romulus, also sometimes billed as “The Sicilian Hercules,” stood only 5’3″ and weighed 167 pounds but...

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Nikolai Vahturov

Nikolai Vahturov

After graduating high school, Nikolai Vahturov worked as a cashier on a steam ship and was then drafted into the army, where, as luck would have it, he served along side Mitrofan, the brother of the famous wrestler Ivan Poddubny. Mitrofan talked so greatly of his...

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Mighty Muscles!

Mighty Muscles!

Gotta love those old muscle building course ads from the back of the comic books. This one is from 1958. Who wouldn’t want to send in their paper route money for the secrets to big muscles? By the way, the course that you would have received if you had done so is...

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Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

How about this shot of the great German lifter Heinrich Schneidereit and this awesome globe barbell? We believe this shot is from the 1912 German weightlifting championships where Schneidereit finished second to Heinrich Rondi. Karl Moerke finished third.

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Author:
John Wood
Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev

Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev

Here’s one from the deep Iron Game archive: Lieutenant Ivan Maltsev sets a World Record with a left-arm clean and jerk of an astounding 114 kg, at a meet in Leningrad, circa November 12, 1949. After setting his first left arm clean and jerk record of 100.5 kg in...

read more
Young Samson, The British Goliath

Young Samson, The British Goliath

George Robinson performed as “Young Samson, The British Goliath” in England in the 1920’s. Unfortunately other than a postcard and a few newspaper clippings, not much else is known about him — but Young Samson clearly did have a keen sense of showmanship. With the...

read more
Anders Andersson

Anders Andersson

Anders Andersson is another example in the long line of great strongmen from Sweden. And like many other strongmen of the time, he also wrestled — and excelled in both disciplines. On the mat, at times he was known as “The Terrible Swede.” Andersson’s most famous...

read more
Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

After Charles Rigoulot’s competitive weightlifting career came to an end, he still found ways to use his great strength to his advantage. Rigoulot worked as a circus strongman, wrestled, and raced cars but he ended up having the most success in the theatre where his...

read more
Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

It was at Osaka Station in April, 1935, that 34-year old Akio Hirai earned the right to call himself “The Strongest Man in Japan” by pulling a freight car loaded with 160 men a distance of 70 meters with a chain gripped in his teeth!

read more
Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, set his first endurance Indian Club swinging record in 1895, swinging a pair of 2lb. 9oz. clubs for 26 hours, non-stop. Bax set his last (and all-time) endurance club record on December 10, 1913 swinging a pair of “light”...

read more
Romulus

Romulus

Cosimo Molino, aka Romulus, as you might have guessed if you know your Roman history, was one half of a duo with fellow Italian Strongman “Remus” Gaiacomo Zaffarina. Romulus, also sometimes billed as “The Sicilian Hercules,” stood only 5’3″ and weighed 167 pounds but...

read more
Nikolai Vahturov

Nikolai Vahturov

After graduating high school, Nikolai Vahturov worked as a cashier on a steam ship and was then drafted into the army, where, as luck would have it, he served along side Mitrofan, the brother of the famous wrestler Ivan Poddubny. Mitrofan talked so greatly of his...

read more
Mighty Muscles!

Mighty Muscles!

Gotta love those old muscle building course ads from the back of the comic books. This one is from 1958. Who wouldn’t want to send in their paper route money for the secrets to big muscles? By the way, the course that you would have received if you had done so is...

read more
Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

How about this shot of the great German lifter Heinrich Schneidereit and this awesome globe barbell? We believe this shot is from the 1912 German weightlifting championships where Schneidereit finished second to Heinrich Rondi. Karl Moerke finished third.

read more