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Muscleanous Column

Muscleanous Column by David GentleDavid Gentle's famous MUSCLEANOUS Column is now a regular feature in our Subscribers' section.  Formally published in UK's H & S (out of print), the oldest PC journal in the world (1898). The June issue is scheduled to be released shortly!

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Thomas TophamHISTORY OF PHYSICAL CULTURE LIBRARY contains two decades of collective literary work and rare historical publications from the early 1900's to modern times. The Library has become a remarkable source of inspiration for people of all ages. It provides resources to meet the needs of individuals, historians, media outlets, scholars, researchers and the academic community. It contains hundreds of rare books, articles and photos donated by collectors from all over the world who support our vision to preserve history.  Also enjoy Historian David Gentle's regular monthly column entitled "MUSCLEANOUS", formerly a regular feature of United Kingdom's Health and Strength (H & S) (no longer in print), one of the oldest journals of its kind in the world (1898).  Also included is the STRENGTH BLOG containing 100's of articles (modern day and historical) and rare photos from our Team of Historians and Contributing Writers. 

left - Latest installment in our Library, strongman legend, "THOMAS TOPHAM" by Lee Morrison and David Gentle with special thanks to the Museum of London and the British Museum. 

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