Physical culturist Gilman Low

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Physical culturist Gilman Low

Post by psychologist » Sun May 31, 2020 1:42 pm

Hi,

I created a Wikipedia article for Gilman Low

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilman_Low

I am searching for his birth and death date but have not found it. Does anyone have any other information about Low?

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Re: Physical culturist Gilman Low

Post by David Gentle » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:45 am

Re Gil Low, i would think the ultimate place to research and find more info would be via Jan Todd and the University of Texas Iron Game museum.or via The Iron Game History publication. Sandow was publishing Physical Culture or later Sandows Magazine of Physical Cullture circa 1898-1907, A Health mag called Vitality and Health Cullture would have carried vegetarians circa 1899, MacFaddens Physical Culture began 1899 with emphasis on diet,and kept on going with various title changes. there were various other health/physical cultures at this period. again best source is Jan and the late Terry Todds Iron Game History. I am not sure if David Webster has covered Mr Low?? and will take a look at what references books i have, his picture seems familiar, but then i must have seen a million via browsing through muscle mags. David Gentle Doesn't the USA have similar genealogy sources as UK with sites like Ancestry. com???
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Re: Physical culturist Gilman Low

Post by psychologist » Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:29 pm

Thanks for the suggestion.

I have access to findmypast which has American birth records. I cannot find any for Gilman Low without other information.

There is a 1947 advert though

https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/47274487.pdf

In the 1940s Gilman Low was working in New York City and advertising himself as an "Artist. Anatomist and Health Director".

There are photographs of him in the Physical Culture magazine from 1903. I am guessing he was in his 30s there.

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Re: Physical culturist Gilman Low

Post by David Gentle » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:13 am

Thanks for the advert of Low which i have printed off, interesing re the back lifting, ,he must have been a fan of Warren Lincoln Travis who excelled in such lifts, they were straddle lifts and the weight lifted just about an inch or so in rapid movement, to be honest a bit of a cheat really. I have been through Websters usual reference books, like Sons of Samson etc and cant find him I would chase the address via the old genealogy directories eg like we have in uk Kellys directories, they give information you would think that a "Famous millound pound lift" would have been easier to find. But to me he remains illustive and would love to know more. David Gentle
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