Month: April 2020

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Drawing of a woman playing field hockey in 1920s attire, from the pages of The Sportswoman magazine, from the Anna Hiss Collection.

Barbells & Bios: The Sportswoman Magazine

Published for several decades, beginning in the 1920s, The Sportswoman marks one of the earlier, and indeed, most fascinating insights into female sport in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Part of the Stark’s Anna Hiss Collection, the magazine covered a range of women’s sports including, but not limited to field hockey, lacrosse, badminton...

April 22, 2020February 19, 2020
Warren Lincoln Travis' show barbell viewed at an angle, to show full length but also the star detailing on the end of the globe closest to the camera.

Barbells and the Brooklyn Strong Boy

Warren Lincoln Travis began his strongman career as the “Brooklyn Strong Boy,” but quickly graduated to circuses and vaudeville and also worked long stints at Coney Island. Travis was America’s most famous strongman in the early years of the twentieth century. Most other touring professionals of the era were Europeans or Canadians – Sandow, the...

April 20, 2020February 9, 2021
Cover of the book Giovanni Belzoni: Strong Man, Egyptologist, by Colin Clair.

Barbells & Bios: Giovanni Belzoni, Strong Man Egyptologist

Published by Colin Clair in 1957, Giovanni Belzoni – Strong Man Egyptologist is a dramatized account of one of the nineteenth century’s most fascinating characters. An early strongman by trade who travelled around Britain and Ireland, Belzoni made his fame as exploring Egypt and reporting back to the British press. Based primarily on Belzoni’s own travels accounts,...

April 8, 2020February 19, 2020