is Pierre Gasnier, circus strongman, who performed
for Barnum and Bailey Circus. Like the Mighty
Atom who followed him, he broke chains as shown
here with the expansion of his chest. I believe that the
Mighty Atom broke #8 Jack chain, the chains here look to be of
a similar grade.
is Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. I'd thought
I'd throw it in to illustrate
"classical" proportions. For those who
have not stumbled upon my Limitless Hand Power page, Da
Vinci was widely known as being able to bend
horseshoes. I first learned about Da Vinci's
strongman abilities from the book How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci
available from Amazon.
I am embarrassed that I did not place Earle
Liederman in the Gallery of Ironmen sooner. I
had been searching for a picture that was not so
common, this was taken from the front of his classic
1925 classic, "Secrets of Strength."
Earle Liederman is probably my favorite author among
the old timers. See this special tribute to his
The three photographs above are from his books.
I own "Muscle Building" as well and
it is also excellent, printed in very high quality for
the day (1926). For wrestling fans, I have also
seen a copy of Liederman's "The Science of Wrestling and The Art of Jiu-Jitsu"
and it has the same high standards as the others.
current used books by Earle Liederman at Abebooks
or visit Bigsteel's Rare
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Text Copyright, Tom Black February 2001.