Young Harry Shafran

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018 by John Wood
A look at a young Harry Shafran who was known equally well for his physique as well as feats of strength. Early in his career, he was a partner of Professor Adrian Schmidt and was featured in Strength Magazine as well as Strength and Health Magazine. He ran a series of successful gyms in New York City but eventually grew tired of it and moved everything to a location near Scranton, Pennsylvania. He kept all his classic equipment in a large barn (including quite a few pieces he obtained from Warren Lincoln Travis).

Melvin Tampke

Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 by John Wood
Melvin Tampke, from San Antonio Texas, was frequently featured in Alan Calvert’s Strength Magazine. Here he does a one arm clean and jerk with an excellent Thick Handled globe barbell. Tampke made it into Ripley’s Believe it or Not by doing 200 straight pushups. It was also reported that he drove a no. 20 nail through three 1-inch yellow pine boards and two pieces of no. 15 gauge iron all stacked one upon the other with one blow of his fist!
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Charles MacMahon

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017 by John Wood
Charles MacMahon, of Camden, New Jersey, was a famous performing strongman during the early 20th century. He was a student of Alan Calvert and was regularly featured in Strength Magazine and other literature for the Milo Barbell Company. In 1927, he wrote a tremendous book “How to Perform Feats of Strength and Dexterity,” which is now available on our products page.
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Alan Calvert, Founder of The Milo Barbell Company

Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 by John Wood

Alan Calvert

Back in 1902, Alan Calvert established the Milo Barbell company, which was the first ever strength equipment company on American soil.   Calvert began one of the the very first training publications “Strength” Magazine in 1914, wrote several training books and courses and helped pave the way for thousands of trainees to build size and strength through common sense methods and hard work.
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