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The Apollon Wheels Arrive

It is fairly common knowledge that on March 3, 1930 Charles Rigoulot attempted, (and of course, subsequently lifted) the famed rail car wheels of Apollon. You probably haven't seen this one though: on the morning of the attempt, the wheels were delivered to the Voltaire Gymnasium from the museum where it normally resided. Here's a rare shot of the crew of workmen getting the wheels off the truck and they sure don't look too thrilled about it... Look closely and you'll see that they delivered more than the wheels that day.

The La Seyne-sur-Mer Athletic Club

A look at the few, but hardy, members of the La Seyne-sur-Mer athletic clubs, circa 1906. La Seyne-sur-Mer is a port town located in south eastern France, and like most all French strongmen, they have an excellent array of training equipment: globe dumbbells, barbells and ring weights.

Jackie Coogan's Club Swinging

Jackie Coogan was one of the first kid movie stars. He appeared in several movies with Charlie Chaplin and many more throughout the 20's.  This rare shot, taken in 1924 when he was around ten years old, shows young Mr. Coogan was also a fan of Indian club swinging, which is an ideal method of physical training for youngsters. Believe it or not, this young man with the Prince Valiant haircut grew up to be Uncle Fester on the Addam's family a couple decades later.

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Roy Smith's Hip Lift

Roy Smith Jr., from New York City, was an ardent Milo Barbell system pupil and "barbell man." His favorite movement was the Jefferson lift, and steady practice of this lift gave him tremendous lower body strength. Here, Mr. Smith is just about to perform a "hip-lift" of 2250 pounds with this train car axle, a weight he succeeded in lifting a full inch off the ground. You can read more about Mr. Smith in Super Strength by Alan Calvert.

Walter Imahara

Walter Imahara started training in the Army and turned into one of America's finest Olympic weightlifters. He won six National championships in the featherweight class (1962-63, 1965-68). Imahara  made the fantastic 210 pound low squat snatch shown above on his way to winning the featherweight class at 1959 Jr. Nationals held in Cleveland, Ohio, May 2nd and 3rd of that year.

Members of the New York Turn Verein

Members of the New York Turn Verein, circa 1902 and a selection of their dumbbells, barbells and Indian clubs. At the time, the New York chapter was one of the largest in the country with over 2200 members.

Joel Schumanov Bends a Horseshoe

Strongman Joel Schumanov bends a horseshoe circa 1925. While impressive as a performance feat, steel bending is also a tremendous workout especially for the forearms and upper body.

Pat Casey's Squat

Pat Casey Squats

Much of what has been written about Pat Casey focuses on his bench pressing... Pat was the first man to surpass the 600 pound mark bench press but he was an equally impressive all-around lifter. Above you'll see Pat Casey's 774½ lb. squat at the San Diego Invitational Power Lifting Contest which took place on May, 21, 1966. This was the contest where Pat became the first man to officially surpass the 2000 pound total. His other lifts were a 592 lb. bench press and a 635 lb. deadlift for a 2001½ lb. total.

Charles Heap & Co.

Where did Sandow get all his great stage weights? Charles Heap and Co., of course. This was back in the 1890's mind you. Sure would be great to have a place to get weights like these now-a-days...

Miss Carrie Davenport

Miss Carrie Davenport was a vaudeville performer during the late 1800's. She was an expert at Indian club swinging as well as a champion clog dancer, so she was never out of work.

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