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Claude “Samson” Champagne
2018-12-11 20:47
Another Samson (There are many ‘Samsons’ in this game) This time Claude “Samson” Champagne of Quebec certainly earned his nickname with superhuman feats like this on… Read More
Billy Cannon
2018-12-11 20:40
For a number of years strength training was frowned upon with in athletics. Lifting weights was thought to make athletes slower and musclebound… One of the key figures in changing th… Read More
“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger
2018-12-07 04:46
“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger gets in a workout with the wall pulley at an oldtime Chicago gym circa 1906. Note the small dumbbell which has been added to the weight stack… Read More
The Edward Aston Physical Culture Medal
2018-12-07 04:14
Many mail order Strongmen had their own medal or prize for students who finished the course. Here’s a look at an incredibly rare one: The Edward Aston Physical Culture Medal. Even mos… Read More
Armand Tanny
2018-12-06 19:18
The great bodybuilder Armand Tanny as he looked when in top form. Like many strength athletes of the time, he got his start in Olympic lifting and fared pretty well before making the switch… Read More
Irvin ‘Zabo’ Koszewski
2018-12-06 03:15
After winning the “Mr. New Jersey” contest in 1948, “Mr. Middle Atlantic” in 1950 and placing high in a few other regional bodybuilding shows, Irvin ‘Zabo&rsqu&helli…Read More
Rigoulot’s Custom Globe Barbell
2018-12-06 02:58
A look at Charles Rigoulot’s custom barbell and the modern reproduction made by Andy Jackson. In over six decades, I do not believe that either of these pictures have ever been compar… Read More
Charles Phelan And His GIANT Kettlebell
2018-12-06 01:25
How about that kettlebell? Charles Phelan billed himself not as the World’s strongest man but the World’s most entertaining strongman as he told jokes between his strength feats… Read More
Reg Park As Hercules
2018-12-06 00:58
Reg Park achieved a great deal of stardom by playing the role of Hercules (or a similar heroic character) in a series of Italian movies. Quite frankly, I couldn’t think of anyone bett… Read More
Charles A. Sampson At Prince Albert Hall
2018-12-06 00:47
Step right up… a rare show poster from Charles A. Sampson’s performance at Royal Albert Hall, London England, on November 22nd and 23rd, 1899. If you had been in attendance, yo… Read More

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