Harry Truman’s 1948 White House Gym

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by John Wood
A look at Truman’s gym in the White House, circa 1948. It is sparse, but certainly contains everything someone would need to stay in shape: medicine balls, Swedish Bars, Wall Pulleys, Gymnastic Rings, Rowing machine, health rider bike, situp board, and a rack of dumbbells (more of which are out of the frame.)

The Titanic Gym

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by John Wood
Here’s something you don’t see every day; this is a rare photograph of the workout room from The Titanic — yes, that Titanic, the one that sunk back in 1912.

It may look familiar as they recreated it for a few scenes in the movie of the same name — Looks like they did a pretty good job. Note the early 2-man Rowing machine and exercise bikes. On the ships of the White Star Line, which the Titanic was, all featured Zander Machines for their first class passengers.

On the night of April 14, when the ship struck an iceberg, the physical instructor Mr. T. W. McCauley remained at his post and went down with the ship.

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