Author:
John Wood
Just a Couple Farm Boys From Iowa

Just a Couple Farm Boys From Iowa

Just a couple farm boys from Iowa: Martin “Farmer” Burns and Frank Gotch pose for a picture, circa 1905. You’ll find many books and courses authored by these two gents posted in The Iron League. And if you happen to want a Farmer Burns or Frank Gotch t-shirt to sport...

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Earle E. Liederman

Earle E. Liederman

Earle E. Liederman began his career as a strongman on the vaudeville circuit and traveled the country performing feats of strength and acrobatics. Liederman eventually grew tired of the traveling life and settled down to write a series of books and training courses...

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Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943

Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943

Shown above is Jules Bacon, AAU Mr. America winner of 1943. It was said that Bacon had one of the finest physiques of his era Bacon was an integral part of the early history and success of the York Barbell company and could often be found demonstrating exercises in...

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You Be The Judge

You Be The Judge

Here’s one that has been making the rounds for several years now. Is it legit? Hard to say, but it could probably go either way. They sure didn’t have Photoshop back in those days. Those are some pretty sweet clubs sitting on the floor though.

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Spalding Quarter-Circle Exerciser

Spalding Quarter-Circle Exerciser

Believe it or not, strength “machines” have a history that goes back even further than barbells and dumbbells. This “Quarter-Circle Strength Developer” was manufactured by Spalding in the late 1890’s. This was actually a fairly common style of machine and several...

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1900 French Gym

1900 French Gym

A look at the gymnasium of the Boarding School of The Sacred Heart located in Normandy, France, circa 1900. Note the rings, trapeze, the climbing ladder and other various “aerial” modalities. Also of note are the “quarter circle” chest machines on the right.

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John Lemm

John Lemm

Another look at John Lemm (in color!), circa 1909, when he had just made his way across the Atlantic Ocean and was looking to take on all comers. Interestingly, Lemm’s manager at this time was William Bankier, The Scottish Apollo.

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Johnny Silvi

Johnny Silvi

Johnny Silvi was a professional wrestler from Canada who, in order to drum up interest for his matches, used to pull a call down the street in front of the arena with his teeth. As his impressive neck development would indicate, clearly he made a habit of this...

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Author:
John Wood
Just a Couple Farm Boys From Iowa

Just a Couple Farm Boys From Iowa

Just a couple farm boys from Iowa: Martin “Farmer” Burns and Frank Gotch pose for a picture, circa 1905. You’ll find many books and courses authored by these two gents posted in The Iron League. And if you happen to want a Farmer Burns or Frank Gotch t-shirt to sport...

read more
Earle E. Liederman

Earle E. Liederman

Earle E. Liederman began his career as a strongman on the vaudeville circuit and traveled the country performing feats of strength and acrobatics. Liederman eventually grew tired of the traveling life and settled down to write a series of books and training courses...

read more
Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943

Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943

Shown above is Jules Bacon, AAU Mr. America winner of 1943. It was said that Bacon had one of the finest physiques of his era Bacon was an integral part of the early history and success of the York Barbell company and could often be found demonstrating exercises in...

read more
You Be The Judge

You Be The Judge

Here’s one that has been making the rounds for several years now. Is it legit? Hard to say, but it could probably go either way. They sure didn’t have Photoshop back in those days. Those are some pretty sweet clubs sitting on the floor though.

read more
Spalding Quarter-Circle Exerciser

Spalding Quarter-Circle Exerciser

Believe it or not, strength “machines” have a history that goes back even further than barbells and dumbbells. This “Quarter-Circle Strength Developer” was manufactured by Spalding in the late 1890’s. This was actually a fairly common style of machine and several...

read more
1900 French Gym

1900 French Gym

A look at the gymnasium of the Boarding School of The Sacred Heart located in Normandy, France, circa 1900. Note the rings, trapeze, the climbing ladder and other various “aerial” modalities. Also of note are the “quarter circle” chest machines on the right.

read more
John Lemm

John Lemm

Another look at John Lemm (in color!), circa 1909, when he had just made his way across the Atlantic Ocean and was looking to take on all comers. Interestingly, Lemm’s manager at this time was William Bankier, The Scottish Apollo.

read more
Johnny Silvi

Johnny Silvi

Johnny Silvi was a professional wrestler from Canada who, in order to drum up interest for his matches, used to pull a call down the street in front of the arena with his teeth. As his impressive neck development would indicate, clearly he made a habit of this...

read more