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Hans Luber

If you're an athlete, it pays to engage in an "all around" training program, no matter what sport you might play. Hans Luber, shown here having a go at a "German Crusher" device, looks like he might be a weightlifter, but he was actually a diver, and a very good one at that. Luber took the Silver medal in the 3-meter spring board event at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and followed it up later with two Gold Medals at the World Championships in 1926 and 1927 in the 3-meter spring board event and platform diving. Look closely at the background and you'll also see a row of Indian Clubs in this fine gym.

1959 Senior National Weightlifting Championships Program

A look at the program/ score card for the 1959 US. Senior National Weightlifting Championships. Cover man Tommy Kono, unsurprisingly, won the 165-1/4 pound class with a 905 lb. total. Other winners included Chuck Vinci, Isaac Berger, Paul Goldberg, Jim George,Clyde Emrich and Dave Ashman.

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1948 Olympic Heavyweights

A look at the medal stand for teh heavyweight class at the 1948 London Olympic Games: John Davis of the USA took the Gold Medal with a 452.5 kg. total while his team mate, Norb Schemansky won the Silver medal with a 425 kg. total. The Bronze Medal winner was Abraham Charité of the Netherlands, who totaled 412.5 kg.

Pudgy Stockton's Handstand

You can count Pudgy Stockton among the many strength stars who were also excellent handbalancers. Holding a handstand is a more impressive feat than you may realize at first glance, since the sand does not allow the fingers the same stability as a solid surface would. If you'd like to get started in handbalancing, we recommend checking out THIS and THIS.

The Good Dumbbell

What is now known as "The Good Dumbbell" was designed many years ago for Warren Lincoln Travis. in 1929, the dumbbell was purchased from Travis, along with other strong man equipment by the Good Brothers. The dumbbell weighs inj at 2150 pounds but this shot may not give you an idea it's enormity, in which case you will want to check out this action shot with a young Bill Good.

Sandow Trained on Machines

Many people still love arguing which is better, free weights... or machines. The "point" of using any strength machine is to gain an advantage that couldn't not otherwise be had. Eugen Sandow himself trained on machines, in fact, he invented the one shown here to allow one to add resistance to regular pushups, among other things. This was way back in 1893, and even well over a century later, this idea sounds pretty darn useful.

MILO Chocolate Energy Drink

Here's a phone card (remember those?) from Japan which advertises a chocolate flavored energy drink called "MILO." This drink was originally developed in Australia in 1934 by Thomas Mayne and named for the famous strength athlete of antiquity Milo of Crotona.  The iconic green labeled tin usually features sporting activities. Made by Nestle, MILO is popular in Asia and other countries but not available in the US... not sure why though, it would probably do pretty well.

Lurich's Bridge

A look at the great Estonian strongman/wrestler Georg Lurich giving a few friends "a lift" in the wrestler's bridge, sometime around 1910. As someone who has a little experience with bridging with additional (human) weight, I can tell you that this feat is as impressive as they come.

On a Paris Sidewalk...

Performing strongmen used to be a common sight in many big cities.  Here's a rare shot from a Paris sidewalk of a strongman having a few onlookers lift a globe barbell to his shoulders so he can walk with it, circa 1950.  Look closely and you'll notice there's four additional french block weights tied to the bar.  His other oustanding equipment: a few globe dumbbells, a few globe barbells, more blockweights and even a baltass all sit in the foreground.

Art Livingston

Art Livingston was a strongman who performed in the New England area in the 1930's. He did a lot of promotion work with small businesses. For a nominal fee, Livingston could come to your place and do something like what is pictured here: a pretty unique shoulder-stand atop two chairs while lifting a heavy tire by the teeth. I'd certainly pop by just to see that.

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