best known for his hip and back lifting, Travis
would perform up to 1000 reps with 1000 pounds in
either lift. The belt he is wearing is now in the
York Barbell hall of fame. It was presented for
theWorld's Heavyweight Lifting Championship 1906.
The hall of fame also contains the huge dumbell
that he used for hip lifting.
Travis could backlift 4200 pounds, a weight I
had forgotten when I wrote that Louis Cyr's
backlift record of 3635 stood until Paul Anderson
set new records in the lift, ultimately doing
6270 pounds. Pretty impressive all around.
Probably one of the greatest writers
the Iron Game has ever known. His
classic, "The Key To Might and
Muscle" is awesome. As far as the
picture here is concerned, wow! This
anvil weighed 168-pounds, with what
looks to be about a 3-inch diameter horn
at the point Jowett is lifting it from.
To me this lift is at least on par with,
or maybe even surpassing a lift of the
widely known Thomas Inch dumbbell (173
pounds with a 2.47 inch handle). Jowett
could then press this weight with one
hand. To put the anvil lift in
perspective, when Richard Sorin, who was
the first man to close the COC #3
gripper, was asked to rate his highest
feats of hand strength (Jan. 95, Milo) he
mentioned snatching a 100 pound anvil by
the horn. A bit of trivia: The cover of
Brooks Kubik's modern classic, Dinosaur
Training, uses the barrel lift picture
from Jowett's mail order booklet
"Molding a Mighty Grip." A
reprint of both the book and booklet are
available from William Hinbern.
in the Gallery of Ironmen is to find
pictures that are rarely seen on the
Internet and in print. This picture of
Sig Klein seems to fit that description.
I consider Klein one of the ultimate
"phyical culturists" of the
early twentieth century.
how long I've waited to add this
fantastic picture of Kate Roberts. Kate
could press over head with one hand 180
pounds. She also performed a bent press
(see Arthur Saxon in Gallery I) of 145
This rarely seen picture of Donald
Dinnie was taken around 1865. A Scottish
stonemason, Dinnie performed various
feats of strength. He is best known for
his spectacular lift and carry with what
are now known as the Dinnie Stones, named
in his honor. The stones weigh 340 pounds
and 445 pounds and each have a 1/2"
round bar steel loop mounted on them for
tethering horses. Dinnie lifted both
stones together and walked 5 or 6 yards.
Continue to the Gallery of
Text Copyright, Tom Black August 2000.