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Strength Magazine, 1914-1930

Strength Magazine, 1914-1930

Strength, first published in 1914, was the channel needed by Alan Calvert to get the public to start using weights. Calvert had opened his business, Milo Bar-Bell, in 1902, on the premise that lifting heavy weights was the key to strength and physical conditioning. His adjustable barbells paved the way for the development of progressive...

Ottley Coulter / George Jowett Correspondence

Ottley Coulter / George Jowett Correspondence

Ottley Coulter and George Jowett shared a life-long passion for weightlifting, believing it was not only a means to improve your physique but also an excellent channel for competitive energy. They wanted to see the sport of weightlifting receive national and international accolades; one step in that direction was the codification of competition rules. Their...

Professor Attila’s Scrapbook

Professor Attila’s Scrapbook

The digitization of the pages in Attila’s scrapbook was made possible by a grant from the Utopia Project, an outreach of the General Library System at The University of Texas at Austin. The images were done on a special scanner that allows the book to rest upward in an open position rather than having to...

George Hackenschmidt Scrapbook

George Hackenschmidt Scrapbook

We are happy to make available the digitized version of one of our most important documents—the 600-page scrapbook owned for decades by George Hackenschmidt, the World Wrestling Champion during the early part of the 20th century. Read More about the scrapbook

Gustave “Pig” Dittmar Scrapbook

Gustave “Pig” Dittmar Scrapbook

In 1917, when Gustav Charles Dittmar graduated from UT and entered the First Officer’s Training Camp in San Antonio, he left behind four years of fascinating memories.   There were the tough games against Notre Dame and A&M, the intense training camps in San Marcos, the relaxation of Barton Springs and the comradery of fraternity parties. ...

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength) by Edmond Desbonnet

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength) by Edmond Desbonnet

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength), written by French physical culturist and magazine publisher Edmond Desbonnet, is regarded by sports historians and private collectors as one most significant books ever published on the history of the Iron Game. Although not yet published in an English translation, what makes the book so valuable...

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