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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Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Another rather incredibly feat by Quebec strongman Claude “Samson” Champagne, (who we have featured previously.) Count up all that weight and you’ll arrive at a total of 1369 pounds for a three-inch “rack pull” — or what at one time might have been called a hand and...

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The Mike Marvel Dynaflex Course

The Mike Marvel Dynaflex Course

A look at the cover of the Mike Marvel Dynaflex Course (that you probably always wanted to send away for but never did.) The Dynaflex Course has been completely re-typed and re-scanned and is now available in The Iron League include the super special original bonus:...

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Charles Atlas, PIC Magazine, October 18, 1938

Charles Atlas, PIC Magazine, October 18, 1938

Charles Atlas was enough of a celebrity back in the day that he started appearing in mainstream magazines and not just the back of comic books. Here he is on the cover of the October 19, 1938 issue of PIC magazine along with Laurie Lane and Carmen Miranda. PIC...

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Louis Cyr Statue

Louis Cyr Statue

A closer look at a Louis Cyr statuette produced in celebration of Cyr’s life in 1913 by the sculptor J.A. Hro. This design has been used several times since then, notably a bronze version for the winner’s trophy of the Arnold Classic strongman competition.

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Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Hjelmar Lundi, Swedish strongman and wrestler, is shown here in the act of carrying 1365 pounds of mostly human weight from one end of the stage to the other, a feat he performed every night as he thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Supporting feats were always...

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