Ron Tyrrell, Author & Historian - Index by Author


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alan p. mead, "the living anatomical chart"
Alan P. Mead, "The Living Anatomical Chart"Contributed by Author - Nov. 2015
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“To the physical culture followers, Mead's muscle posing was just as much one of the sights of London as Westminster Abbey.  Never have I seen such a harmonious and graceful torso, yet the awe-inspiring evidence of tremendous muscular power.  If he had lived in ancient Greece, dozens of statues would have been made of him by sculptors, glad to have found a model worthy of their supreme art.”   
Apollo - the Scottish Hercules
Apollo, the Scottish HerculesContributed by Author - Aug. 2015
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"By the time William Bankier (better known to the world as Apollo, the Scottish Hercules) died in 1949, he had been a much-respected figure in the strength and wrestling world for more than sixty years.  Since his passing, very little ..."

Adrian P. Schmidt, A Triumph for Physical Culture by Ron Tyrrell

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"Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the French region of Alsace-Lorraine in early March, 1872.  He was an outstanding example of how the physical culture way of life can achieve remarkable results, even despite having been born with below average physical gifts.  At the age of fifteen, he contracted typhoid fever, which left his frail physique extremely thin.  Although now in a poor state of health..."

Jim Bradford, Gentleman Strongman by Ron Tyrrell

Jim BradborkAug. 2016
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"As we live in an age when winning is everything, I am reminded of one of my favourite strength athletes of the 1950's, who never won an Olympic or World title, and yet is regarded by many strength historians as one of the greatest natural strongmen of all time.  His name was James Edward Bradford, known to his friends and fans as Jim Bradford. Jim won Silver Medals in three World..."

Katie Sandwina by Ron Tyrrell

Katie Sandwina by Ron Tyrrell Contributed by Author
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"Katie Sandwina was born Catherine Brumbach, on the 6th of May, 1884, in the back of a travelling circus wagon in Vienna, Austria, to Philippe and Johanna, both descended from a long line of circus families who specialized in strength and agility Acts.  Philippe was a giant of a man, 6'6" and 260 lbs., with a 56" chest, and famed for his great strength and enormously large and powerful hands - it was said that he could pass a half dollar coin through his wedding ring.  He merits high..."

Marvelous Max - The Story of Maxick by Ron Tyrrell

Marvelous Max - The Story of Maxick by Ron Tyrrell Published in the Physical Culture Journal April, 2000 - No. 29 
View Now  "Some 45 years ago, I was introduced to the world of the old time strength athletes, and although I can marvel at the modern supermen, the strength athletes of yesteryear still hold the most interest for me, and none more so than Max Sick, better known to the world as Maxick.  From a sickly beginning, he became a great weightlifter, muscle control artist, gymnast., Herculean hand-balance..."

Monohar Aich - an Endearing and Enduring ambassador for physical culture by Ron Tyrrell

Monohar Aich - an Endearing and Enduring ambassador for physical culture by Ron Tyrrell View Now  
"On March 17 March 2012, friends and family gathered at the home of the legendary strongman and bodybuilder Monohar Aich, to celebrate his one hundredth birthday, and tributes were paid to him by strength athletes and physical culturists from all parts of the World. 
What better time for me to reflect on his amazing life and achievements in many fields of physical endeavour. 

Monte Saldo - The Sculptor's Dream by Ron Tyrrell

William BankierPart Two of "The Greatest of Trainers" by Ron Tyrrell -see below
Published in 2001/2002

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"Sculptor's Dream marked the end of Monte's stage career - he wanted to do other things, but what of brother Frank? Court Saldo's 1950 memoir of his uncle gives the best account - "Frank forsook the footlights..."

Monte Saldo "The Greatest of Trainers" by Ron Tyrrell

Monte Saldo "The Greatest of Trainers" by Ron Tyrrell Part One
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"Alfred Montague Woollaston, better known to the world by his stage name of Monte Saldo, was born in 1879 in Highgate, London, England, the son of Frederick Woollaston, a shoe manufacturer who was also a much respected Methodist preacher and faith healer. The Woollastons have always been..."

Pioneers in Remedial Therapy by Ron Tyrrell

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"It was early November, 2008, when the British nation was preparing to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the ending of the First World War, alongside the annual services of the Cenotaphs in Whitehall, London, and other locations, when we all remember the men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in all..."l 

Professor Joseph Szalay-Forgotten Great.. by ron tyrrell

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"Nature does not provide everyone with the type of mind that has a determination which, despite all setbacks, will enable them to succeed in their chosen ambitions.  In the history of strength and physical culture, just such a person was Joseph Szalay, whose name is rarely mentioned today, but who, in the period between the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the start of World War One, was..."

Random Memories of Court Saldo (F.H.C. Woollaston) by Ron Tyrrell

Random Memories of Court Saldo by Ron TyrrellJan. 2015
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"Gil Waldron suggested that I should put on record my memories of the late Court Saldo, and this is a most enjoyable task for me, as it enables me to reflect back to the year 1953 when, as a rather delicate young lad..."

The 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation

BobTo mark the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation, Contributing Author & Historian, Ron Tyrrell presents an interesting look at two British physical culture enthusiasts who played a role in the Dunkirk story.  We hope you will enjoy  "A Story of Two Dunkirk Veterans, Bob Iverson and Bob Jones" by Ron Tyrrell. 

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The abbreviated workout by ron tyrrell

The Abbreviated Workout by Ron Tyrrell"A Training Aid for the Working Man"
Dec. 2016, Contributed by Author
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"The Abbreviated Workout has proved to be the way forward for many a working man finding himself with little time to train, or perhaps too little energy for regular training on a full programme.  Fortunately, this problem has been addressed over the last 100 years by a number of wonderfully far sighted men such as Mark Berry, Joseph Curtis Hise and Peary Rader, to name just three.  They all made..."

The Multi-Talented Thomas Inch by ron tyrrell
Thomas InchContributed by Author - Jul. 2015
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"In recent years, there has been a considerable renewal of interest in Thomas Inch and the heaviest of his thick-handled “challenge” dumbbells, so I have updated my article, first published in June 2002, and added more pictures, together with recently researched information.    It all began some 60 years ago, when I first began to take a keen interest in this multi-talented man.  Knowing that I wished to..."
The story behind the picture -  maxick and fred storbeck

The Story Behind the Picture by Ron Tyrrell

Published in Strandpuller magazine
Reproduced courtesy of Jim Bartlett, President, I.S.S.P.A.   
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The story behind the accompanying picture began in the year 1900 when the..."
Wonderful Walker, The story of ron walker by Ron Tyrrell

Wonderful Walker, The Ron Walker StoryPublished in 2002
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"As I read the words, "His Deeds Liveth Forever" on a photograph of the Ron Walker Memorial Trophy, my mind went back to a time some 46 years ago when I first heard his name during "snap" (miners' meal break) down a mine in the heart of the now defunct Kent Coalfield in the South East of England. A tough old mining instructor who was putting us through our basic training in preparation for..."

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