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by Tom Balchin
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: happy birthday Tom Balchin
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

Re: happy birthday Tom Balchin

I can't believe I'm reading this post from you David and I know already from Peter's email that you've gone... this may well then have been one of the very last posts you've put up on your own site - an extraordinary work from an extraordinary man. Yes, it was only a month and a bit ago with those F...
by Tom Balchin
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Dave Gentle passed away
Replies: 17
Views: 5890

Re: Dave Gentle passed away

This is devastating - utterly devastating... can't even talk about this at the moment- a vital man like this gone?? This is absolutely unbelievable - we only communicated the other day too. I'm so, so glad I sent over a Vintage Strongman t-shirt to you my friend - hope you were wearing that on your ...
by Tom Balchin
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Mail Bag - Ask Us a Question
Topic: W. A. Pullum Patent Barbell
Replies: 68
Views: 79774

Re: W. A. Pullum Patent Barbell

Hi Handson, What a great Antiques Roadshow that was - I saw it when it was first aired - and Peter was due at mine a couple of days later so we pulled it up on iplayer and watched it again - an incredible barbell with unique (?) tap-style collars? Definitely a keeper! Have a look at this which I fou...
by Tom Balchin
Wed May 31, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: We have a question on our Facebook page (from South Africa)
Replies: 9
Views: 10825

Re: We have a question on our Facebook page (from South Afri

Hi everyone - Dianne Bennett showed me a stash belonging to Wag -I have pics of all the bound editions she has somewhere, but from what I can recall they are fairly limited in date - ie, from 1940's to 1970's... Re Malcolm - he kindly gave me his own globe barbell - one of the very first in my colle...
by Tom Balchin
Mon May 08, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

Thanks guys! Yes, re French bells, I have a number of contacts in France, and one of them has put me in touch with a former pro bodybuilder called Patrice, who has some really nice globe barbells and dumbbells. We're off to France for a few days next month and I hope to be able to meet up with him t...
by Tom Balchin
Sat May 06, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

Very rare dumbbell found in a Norwich manor house in a boarded up room which was used by Sandow himself as a small gym - the only other known bell of any sort found which bears Sandow's mark.
by Tom Balchin
Sat May 06, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

The Great McAlpine
by Tom Balchin
Sat May 06, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

McAlpine lived in Newtownards which is just minutes from Ricky, the sseller The bells were prob not used in the circus in the '40s through the '70s but in and around 1910 to 1913.. I think, anyway...

http://www.newtownards.info/mcalpinr-the-great.pdf
by Tom Balchin
Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

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by Tom Balchin
Sat May 06, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND
Replies: 18
Views: 21716

Re: ULTRA-RARE SANDOW BARBELL FOUND

McAlpine bells