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Globe Barbell
Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Here we have Mr. Theodore Lang of Macassar, Dutch Indies, showing his stuff circa 1930. It was said that two buddies and another 160 pounds of fully-loaded barbell totaled around 400 pounds which he held in a top-of-the-head bridge — not bad!

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Don Leo Jonathan

Don Leo Jonathan

Don Leo Jonathan, the famed “Mormon Giant,” was a great pro-wrestler who also understood the value of weightlifting. Here he is doing some pressing with a fantastic globe barbell at Brown’s gymnasium in Coffeeville, Kansas, circa the early 1950’s.

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The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Royal Moscow Circus has performed on American shores for many years. If you caught their show from 1956 through 1967, you also probably got a chance to see Vsevolod Kherts lift some pretty amazing weights in entertaining ways. This pullover and press from a bridge...

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Clubs and Globes

Clubs and Globes

Don't the the story with these gents posing with their gear probably some time in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  They've got in going on and they know it.  Even a hundred years later a good set of Indian clubs  and a couple dumbbells and a barbell are all you need to...

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German Athletic Sports Club, 1909

German Athletic Sports Club, 1909

A look at the Athletic Sports Club Zelisheim (Germany), and their awesome training equipment, circa 1909. As was typical of the day, this sports club taught wrestling as well as weight lifting. Note the squared handles of their kettlebells — a typical feature of...

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Axle Öfverstén

Axle Öfverstén

Another look at the great Swedish strongman Axle Öfverstén lifting an excellent globe barbell. Of note is the extremely thick handle on the other globe barbell pictured. This picture dates to 1889.

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When Ya Gotta Add Weight

When Ya Gotta Add Weight

Don’t know the full story here but when ya gotta add weight, oftentimes you’ll need to be resourceful. Unfortunately we have no further details on this chap but we dig his style.

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Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher (The Butcher) as he looked in later 1901 as the heavyweight wrestling champion of France. This shot was taken in Paul Pons’ gym in Paris. The vast majority of the images of famous strongmen and wrestlers were taken here in the early 20th century as it...

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Carrie Moore, The Sandow Girl

Carrie Moore, The Sandow Girl

In the late 1800’s, “The Gibson Girl,” as portrayed by the pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson became the personification of the feminine ideal. Well, thanks to a somewhat obscure vaudeville play known as “the Dairy Maids” eventually along came...

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Appolon Campistron

Appolon Campistron

Just who was Appolon Campiston? Unfortunately this postcard is all we have ever found on the man so any other details of his life and exploits are unfortunately lost to history. He looks like he was a wrestler, in addition to being a strongman (as most strength...

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Tag:
Globe Barbell
Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Here we have Mr. Theodore Lang of Macassar, Dutch Indies, showing his stuff circa 1930. It was said that two buddies and another 160 pounds of fully-loaded barbell totaled around 400 pounds which he held in a top-of-the-head bridge — not bad!

read more
Don Leo Jonathan

Don Leo Jonathan

Don Leo Jonathan, the famed “Mormon Giant,” was a great pro-wrestler who also understood the value of weightlifting. Here he is doing some pressing with a fantastic globe barbell at Brown’s gymnasium in Coffeeville, Kansas, circa the early 1950’s.

read more
The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Royal Moscow Circus has performed on American shores for many years. If you caught their show from 1956 through 1967, you also probably got a chance to see Vsevolod Kherts lift some pretty amazing weights in entertaining ways. This pullover and press from a bridge...

read more
Clubs and Globes

Clubs and Globes

Don't the the story with these gents posing with their gear probably some time in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  They've got in going on and they know it.  Even a hundred years later a good set of Indian clubs  and a couple dumbbells and a barbell are all you need to...

read more
German Athletic Sports Club, 1909

German Athletic Sports Club, 1909

A look at the Athletic Sports Club Zelisheim (Germany), and their awesome training equipment, circa 1909. As was typical of the day, this sports club taught wrestling as well as weight lifting. Note the squared handles of their kettlebells — a typical feature of...

read more
Axle Öfverstén

Axle Öfverstén

Another look at the great Swedish strongman Axle Öfverstén lifting an excellent globe barbell. Of note is the extremely thick handle on the other globe barbell pictured. This picture dates to 1889.

read more
When Ya Gotta Add Weight

When Ya Gotta Add Weight

Don’t know the full story here but when ya gotta add weight, oftentimes you’ll need to be resourceful. Unfortunately we have no further details on this chap but we dig his style.

read more
Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher (The Butcher) as he looked in later 1901 as the heavyweight wrestling champion of France. This shot was taken in Paul Pons’ gym in Paris. The vast majority of the images of famous strongmen and wrestlers were taken here in the early 20th century as it...

read more
Carrie Moore, The Sandow Girl

Carrie Moore, The Sandow Girl

In the late 1800’s, “The Gibson Girl,” as portrayed by the pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson became the personification of the feminine ideal. Well, thanks to a somewhat obscure vaudeville play known as “the Dairy Maids” eventually along came...

read more
Appolon Campistron

Appolon Campistron

Just who was Appolon Campiston? Unfortunately this postcard is all we have ever found on the man so any other details of his life and exploits are unfortunately lost to history. He looks like he was a wrestler, in addition to being a strongman (as most strength...

read more