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Warren Lincoln Travis

Perhaps 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.


George Jowett

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.

Sig Klein

My philoshpy 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.




Kate "Vulcana" Roberts

I'm amazed 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 pounds.




Donald Dinnie

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.



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Text Copyright, Tom Black August 2000.