Ok, here it is. I apologize about the poor picture quality in advance, but I think you should be able to read the pages just fine. I also included a few cool pictures of him.
Here is a picture of him. Here are his stats circa 1927:
Weight: 260 lbs
He was just over 6' tall.
Definitely a pre-steroid freak!
This next picture is of him and his "challenge" barbell. This is what he would challenge audience members to lift. The bell is 330 3/4 lbs. The handle is 2 3/8" thick. Note the thickness relative to his hands (which were good sized). Also note it is not a rotating bell. These factors make this a extremely difficult barbell to lift overhead, EXTREMELY.
This last one is of him jerking 392 lbs of human being from behind the neck. Another very impressive feat.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
I'm glad to see this posted.
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The excerpts and pictures are from a book titled Georner The Mighty by Edgar Mueller which I purchased at the collectors meeting at the AOBS dinner I attended a week ago. Great book.
damn that is some impressive pictures
Amazing waist thickness and forearm development. That just screams power!
Awesome find Chris. This guy is amazing. I have seen pics of him before with the "challenge" BB but never knew who he was. The excerpt from the book is a good read
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Squat - 305lbs - 1/23/06 ----- 335
Deadlift - 415lbs - 2/4/06 ---- 435
Bench - 90s*7 ----------------- 100s*5
Weight - 208 ------------------ 190
Height - 5'10"
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Damn, thats a biiiig boy.
You always notice that those guys never have very well developed pectorals, yet always have huge arms, good sized legs, and are very, VERY thick.
Chris- I dont know much about classic strongmen, was chest strength not a big deal? Was the bench press not seen as a serious lift by the strongmen of old? Modern Powerlifters all have very large chests, even though most do tricep-dominated bench pressing. I think that may be possibly because you simply cannot bench what you can squat, plus that it is not a full body motion(and its evident that strongmen were extremely fond of full body movements). What are your thoughts?
Bench pressing, in its current style, was virtually unknown until sometime in the 30s-40s. It really didn't come into vogue until the 50s. Before that, there was the press from the floor where a trainee did a chest press from the floor, thus reducing the ROM from using a bench.
Old time lifters were concerned with how much they could overhead press. They were unconcerned with chest strength.
So, your observations are quite correct.