http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Humberto Selvetti http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/14-934-humberto-selvetti <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/humberto_selvetti_oldtimestrongman_03.png" height="707" width="530" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">The great Olympic Weightlifter Humberto Selvetti shows his stuff in his home land of Argentina. It was Selvetti who Paul Anderson defeated to win the Gold Medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Selvetti and Anderson both totaled 500 kg but Anderson beat him on lighter bodyweight) <br><br>Selvetti also competed at the at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki (where he took Bronze with a 432.5 kg total) and at the 1964 Tokyo games, (where he finished 17th with a 445 kg total ). <br><br>As a side note, I find two other items of interest in this phone, #1, that's a pretty hefty weight to put overhead while going uphill, and #2, the barbell set in this picture is especially unique, I have never seen anything like it before or since.</p> Olympic Weightlifter Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:31:47 +0000 jtwood 934 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Dave Draper and The Samson "007" Twister http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/14-933-dave-draper-and-samson-007-twister <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/007_twister_dave_draper_musclebuilding_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="660" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here, Dave Draper and the Samson "007" Twister make their second appearance on our blog! How many people saved up their paper route money for one of these? <em>'Muscle Up and Make Out</em>' indeed. Gotta love these vintage muscle-building ads. </p> Dave Draper Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:58:38 +0000 jtwood 933 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Bruno Sammartino http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/10-931-bruno-sammartino <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/bruno_sammartino_oldtimestrongman.png" height="761" width="530" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 10px; border-style: double; border-width: thick;">Talk about "built for strength," this rare image of the great Bruno Sammartino highlights his incredible bone structure. No wonder he toyed with 550+ lb bench presses and wiped the mat with pretty much everyone he ever faced in the ring... I sure wouldn't want to be at the other end of THAT fist. </p> Bruno Sammartino Forearm Development Professional Wrestler Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:44:18 +0000 jtwood 931 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Championnat Halterophile http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/10-930-championnat-halterophile <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/richmond_doizee_poids_halteres_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="800" width="508" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: double;">Here's something you sure won't see again: a weightlifting contest sponsored by a tobacco company. As you can see noted, this particular contest took place on Saturday, January 25, 1964 in Liege. Belgium.&nbsp; ... and unsurprisingly, Richmond Louis Doize are a Belgian brand of cigarettes. </p> 1964 Belgium Liege, Belgium Richmond Doize Weightlifting Contest Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:57:28 +0000 jtwood 930 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Fred W. Mines http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/09-929-fred-w-mines <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/fred_w_mines_barbell_balance_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="687" width="353" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid;">Who the heck is Fred W. Mines? Nobody you have probably ever heard of. He was a small-time strongman who performed at county fairs and carnivals in the Florida and Georgia areas in the late 1930's. Don't let his amateur status fool you though, this feat is a lot more more impressive than it might seem, balancing this unique barbell (made of an automobile drive shaft and two reinforced concrete globes) in his teeth.</p> Fred W. Mines Heavy Support Neck Strength Performing Strongman Supporting Feat Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:06:07 +0000 jtwood 929 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com A Wild Man Once Lived In The Forest... http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-07/09-928-wild-man-once-lived-forest <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/earle_liederman_wildman_advertisement_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="613" width="422" /></p> <div style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; border-style: double;">Earle E. Liederman had some of the all-time best advertisements for his books and courses. Here is a great one from 1926, and the message is certainly just as important today as it was back then: <div style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; word-spacing: -2px; text-align: justify; padding: 30px; margin-top: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> <div style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 55px; font-style: normal; line-height: normal; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">A WILD MAN </div> <div> once lived in the forest. He had no fear of man or beast.He had no fear of man or beast.&nbsp; He carried a mighty club with which he fought his enemies of the jungle.&nbsp; His rough and active life in the open have him the strength of the beasts themselves.&nbsp; He was a superman in health and strength.&nbsp; But Who wants to be a wild man?</div> <div style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 35px; line-height: normal; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">The Modern Man </div> <div>There are men in our midst today enjoying the same abundance of health and strength. They are not of the wild man-type however. They are men of intellect, who have become leaders of industry. They realize that brains are essential, but of little value placed in a weak body with sluggish blood circulations or troubled with various disorders of the vital organs.</div> <div style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 35px; line-height: normal; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">The Miracle Man </div> <div>The wild man took years of active out-door life ro attain his strength. How then can a business man acquire the same strength when his days are spent in the office?<br><br> One year ago, a famous musician traveled from Toronto, Canada to see Earle E. Liederman. This musician was most popular throughout Canada. People came from miles to hear him play. He was weakly and was unhappy. He asked Mr. Liederman to help him. Mr. Liederman asked him to give him twenty minutes each day for three months in his own home. The musician went back with Mr. Liederman's famous apparatus and one week later, the first lesson in "Progressive Muscular Development" followed him. Today he is a champion weight lifter in his country and his earning capacity has almost doubled.</div> <div style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 30px; line-height: normal; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">What Kind of Man Are You? </div> <div>Do you arise in the morning full of ambition for the day before you? Do you feel the thrill of life pulsing through your veins? Can you finish a hard day's work still feeling full of pep and vitality? Do you have a deep, full chest and the brawny arms of an athlete? If not, you are not the man you were meant to be.<br><br>How would you like to increase your arms one full inch in just 30 days and your chest two full inches in the same length of time? But that's only the foundation. From then on you'll build up an armor plate of muscle both inside and out that will fire you with ambition, giving the spring in your step and the flash in your eye that only an athlete can know. This is what I promise to do for you. Come on then and make me prove it... </div> </div> </div> Advertisement Earle E. Liederman Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:01:59 +0000 jtwood 928 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Norb Schemansky http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-06/19-921-norb-schemansky <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/amateur_athlete_norb_schemansky_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="665" width="510" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid;">A look at the great Norb Schemansky on the cover of the August, 1957 issue of the somewhat obscure "Amateur Athlete" magazine. Just a few months before, Norb took first place in the 225 lb. class at the Senior Nationals with a 990 lb. total.</p> Cover Magazine Cover Norb Schemansky Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:26:53 +0000 jtwood 921 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Jack Kanner http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-06/18-920-jack-kanner <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Jack Kanner" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jack_kanner_wrestling_denver_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="684" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: medium;">Jack Kanner was a boxing and wrestling promoter in the Denver, Colorado area from the 1920's through the 1960's. Ol' Jack didn't just sit in the stands and eat popcorn either: to stay in shape, he often liked to climb the poles of the playground structures at the park around the corner from his house. Here's Jack in the middle of a workout on March 13, 1959. Jack was 61 years of age at the time and clearly a great example to us all. </p> 1959 Colorado Denver, Colorado Jack Kanner Pole Climbing Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:50:50 +0000 jtwood 920 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Tossing The Unspunnen Stone http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-06/17-919-tossing-unspunnen-stone <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/unspunnen_stone_1959_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="476" width="530" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: medium;">In Fribourg, Switzerland, during the annual Alpine Games, they conduct a traditional event: tossing the famous Unspunnen Stone, The stone, which weighs 176 pounds, is shown here being heaved by Ernest Hulman, who won the 1959 edition of the stone tossing contest with a throw of 8½ feet. </p> 1959 Alpine Games Ernest Hulman Stone Throwing Switzerland The Unspunnen Stone Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:38:18 +0000 jtwood 919 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The One Hand Chin Course http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-06/17-916-one-hand-chin-course <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/one_hand_chin_oldtimestrongman_03.png" height="551" width="437" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: medium;">You never know what you might find in a dusty, forgotten corner of an old used bookstore... Here's a nifty course -- that most strength historians don't even know exists --&nbsp; which contains some <em>pretty</em> interesting and unusual training ideas.</p> The One Hand Chin Course Training Course Vince Ihle Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:36:17 +0000 jtwood 916 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com