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Gil Waldron, Contributing EditorAn 'Open Letter' to our viewers from Gil Waldron, Contributing Editor. Gil shares with us a 'behind the scenes look' at the evolution of this website and his hopes and dreams for the future, for which we share.

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The History of Physical Culture

Iron Men Gallery contains legendary Strongmen who earned a place in history through their extraordinary dedication and courage to succeed.  Their contributions to Physical Culture laid the foundation for those who dared to follow. 

The purpose of this website is to preserve the history of physical culture and serve as an educational resource. Check the "Latest Installment" section of our Library or browse the Author's index.  Our Library contains  original work of David Gentle, Author & Historian, plus historical reproductions of articles, books, training courses, rare photos and illustrations.

We welcome your questions, comments and support. Email us using our handy Contact Form or drop by our Forum and join the discussion group. 

Our deep gratitude to Gil Waldron, Contributing Editor who donated his vast collection of work from his acclaimed website "Sandow Museum" which was closed earlier this year due to the sad passing of Roger Fillary.  We ask for your patience as we continue to publish this material to our site.

We invite you to visit the gallery of Iron Men who earned a place in history through their extraordinary dedication and courage to succeed.  Their contributions to Physical Culture laid the foundation for those who dared to follow. 

William BankierMonte Saldo - The Sculptor's Dream by Ron Tyrrell

"Sculptor's Dream marked the end of Monte's stage career - he wanted to do other things, but what of brother Frank? Court Saldo's 1950 memoir of his uncle gives the best account - "Frank forsook the footlights and strongman sphere after serving in World War I, and proving that he had brains as well as brawn, became a lecturer on physical education at the University of London.  Those University students who remember him as Frank H. Woollaston MIH, leading light in so many sports organisations and for 12 years president of the University Boxing Association, might be surprised to know that as Frank Saldo he was once a noted muscle man of the Sandow era, a Health & Strength Magazine cover man and, like his famous brother Monte, had lived, travelled and appeared on stage with the great Eugen Sandow while still a youth."  - Ron Tyrrell   <read more>

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