Pierre Bonnes

Pierre Bonnes

Another look at the great French strongman and wrestler Pierre Bonnes. Bonnes is thought to be the first man who snatched 250 lbs. in the “split” style. Many noted strong men of the day ridiculed this style of lifting but it would eventually some become the norm and...

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Old Gym Scene

Old Gym Scene

We highlight many famous strongmen but it is also our goal to preserve the not-so-famous moments in Iron History as well. We have no information on the above image, looks to be a gym some time in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s — and everyone is sporting an excellent...

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Giovanni Raicevich

Giovanni Raicevich

Behold this great promotional poster for the Italian wrestler Giovanni Raicevich. In November of 1907, Raiceich won his first world championship by beating the French champion Laurent le Beaucairois in a tournament held in Paris at the Folies Bergere.

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Hack Miller – The Baseball Strongman

Hack Miller – The Baseball Strongman

Laurence H. “Hack” Miller was a pretty decent baseball player who spent a few seasons with the Chicago Cubs in the 1920’s. On August 25, 1922, Miller hit two 3-run home runs to help the Cubs beat the Phillies 26–23 in the highest-scoring game in major league history....

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The Pasquali Brothers

The Pasquali Brothers

A look at the Pasquali Brothers (there were actually three of them: Bibi, Harry, and Willie.). They were born in Italy, where their father and mother were both well known circus performers and the boys began their training as soon as they could walk. They took up the...

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Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

A classic shot of the great Charles MacMahon bent-pressing an excellent 14-inch exhibition bell at the Milo Bar Bell Company show room, circa 1916. In the original publication of this photograph, MacMahon’s tricep impressive development was highlighted — an almost...

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The Strongest Teeth in Belgium

The Strongest Teeth in Belgium

John Massis, who we have covered before on this blog, performed a number of impressive feats of jaw strength. Above shows one that he performed in Milan, Italy in 1968 in front of Guinness World Record Officials: holding this Beechcraft model B 50 Twin-Bonanza...

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Farmer Burns Tribute Video

Farmer Burns Tribute Video

A salute to the great Martin "Farmer" Burns featuring many rare images, posters, articles, newspaper clippings and other ephemera from the deep archives of wrestling history. To check out other Oldtime Strongman videos, you can subscribe to our Youtube channel, by...

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Strangler Lewis’ Head-Lock Machine

Strangler Lewis’ Head-Lock Machine

Ed “Strangler” Lewis was one of the most fearsome grapplers of the early 20th century. Given his nickname, you can probably guess that his favorite hold was the headlock. The problem was, Mr. Strangler went through training partners like tissue paper. In short order,...

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