David Jacob Blazer 1886 - 1940

Introduction by Ron Tyrrell
David Jacob Blazer, Strongman 1886 to 1940

Introduction

David Blazer was a successful strongman and was at his peak during the years leading up to the First World War (1914-1918).

He was generally known as Seaman Blazer and Monte Saldo featured him in a number of advertisements for the Maxalding course.

When the highly respected strength historian W. J. Lowry wrote his History of the 'Iron Game' he included David 'Seaman' Blazer.

When the 'true' father of British Weightlifting, Professor Szalay, lost his court case with Eugen Sandow it left him destitute at the age of 51.

All the great names of the strength world organised benefits for him, most notably the one by Monte Saldo.

The athletes that supported this show read like a 'Who's Who' of the British sporting scene. One of the items on the programme was a Physical Excellence Competition to choose Britain's best developed man and David Blazer won it. David later set a number of British weightlifting records; he was a pupil of Monte Saldo and trained on his non-apparatus Maxalding system when at sea and practiced weightlifting when not on board ship. David Blazer later took up a successful stage career.

Read David Blazer's full biography written by his grandson Roger Blazer that is featured in our Library. Included is a fascinating gallery of photos contributed by Roger with our sincere gratitude. 

Photos copyright by Roger Blazer.  No reproduction without expressed permission of the Author. 

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