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Siegmund Klein began bodybuilding at the age of 15 after reading Physical Culture & Strength magazines. He purchased his first barbell in 1919 He was a disciple of Maxick and early on obtained his book 'Muscle Control' as well as books by Saldo & Apollo. Klein married Prof. Louis Atilla's youngest daughter and took over running Atilla's gym in 1927. Much admired for his excellent physique, his photographs appeared in numerous publications including Bonomo's 'Building Body Power' course.
Klein's Bell was first issued in June 1931 and ran monthly until December 1932. In January 1933 it merged with 'Strongman Magazine'. Each issue ranged from 4 to 8 pages. It was described as 'being published gratis for the pupils and friends of Siegmund Klein's Studio of Physical Culture, 717 7th Avenue., at 48th St., New York City.'
By October 1931 the copies were costing 5c each and ultimately the publication was sold at 50c per year. Because of his connections Klein was able to publish articles by a wide range of Physical Culture and Bodybuilding experts and each issue is a gem containing the most interesting of articles, photos and personal recollections and anecdotes.
by the Mitre Press, London Date unknown, circa mid 1940s
Contributed by Gordon Anderson
Siegmund Klein was a Welter-weight Weightlifting Champion of America.. "In preparing this course of bar-bell instruction, I have taken into very careful consideration the numerous books and articles that have been written on bar-bells and their uses. No doubt they have produced some remarkable and enviable results, but due to the fact that I have received scores of letters from all over the civilized world inquiring how my development has been attained, I am prompted to publish these exercises." -- S. Klein
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