Jim Taylor Barbell Plates

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014 by John Wood

You can count Pro-Football Hall of famer Jim Taylor among the relatively few individuals who had their own “signature” weight sets. These weights were available mostly through Gimbel’s department stores at various locations around the state of Wisconsin in the 1960’s and if you were lucky, some afternoon you might have even found Jimmy Taylor himself on-hand to demonstrate. The Jim Taylor weights were cast at the Plymouth Foundry and Machine Co. in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

Also of note is that in 1961, Jim Taylor authored and released one of the first (if not the first) books ever written on weight training for football, Weightlifting for Athletics wherein he listed his training program.

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Sears & Roebuck Ted Williams Weights

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by John Wood

Sears & Roebuck Ted Williams Weights

QUICK: who sold more weight sets than anyone? It wasn’t Milo, York or any other barbell company that probably immediately springs to mind, it was Ted Williams, by way of Sears & Roebuck stores. This is not surprising when you think about it, these weights had nationwide distribution through Sears stores, something which no other barbell company ever had.

Millions of young trainees with dreams of becoming Mr. America, found a 110 pound Ted Williams weight set under the tree on Christmas morning… and, more often than not, they were gathering dust by Groundhog day.

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