Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2021 by John Wood
Shown above is Jules Bacon, AAU Mr. America winner of 1943. It was said that Bacon had one of the finest physiques of his era

Bacon was an integral part of the early history and success of the York Barbell company and could often be found demonstrating exercises in articles and advertisements in Strength and Health magazine.

Maybe, on your best day, and with all the modern advancements in supplements, protein powders, and cell volumizers, you can build as much muscle and the kind of condition as Jules Bacon did 80 years ago.

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Dan Lurie

Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by John Wood

Dan Lurie

As a bodybuilder, Brooklyn-born Dan Lurie won the “Most Muscular” subdivision and finished second in the AAU Mr. America contest in 1942, 1943 and 1944.

As a strongman, Dan performed 1655 push ups in 90 minutes, a bent press of 285 pounds (at a bodyweight of 168 pounds) and backlifted 1810 pounds.

Lurie went on to become a very successful gym owner, magazine publisher and TV strongman. He also established the Dan Lurie Barbell Company which produced barbells and plates primarily on the east coast.

Bonus points if you noticed that the dumbbell that Dan is holding in this photo is from Professor Anthony Barker’s Strength Maker Bar-Bell System.