Top to bottom, unknown maker may be French circa 1900. Teardrop bells, appox. 60 lbs. Matysek barbell can also be used as dumbbells, also under dumbbells. Strong fort Jr. appox 60 lbs.
The Matysek Dumbbell is 11 inches long, weighs approx 8 LBS empty and has a 7/8 inch hole to allow a pair of these dumbbells to be attached to a bar. This can be seen in the photo “Exercise lll”
Anton Matysek, 1892-1963, won the ” Strongest Man in America” award in 1922. He was also a professional strongman on stage.
These plates have a couple of interesting things about them. The misspellings you can see. The other thing, you wonder why they weigh about half of the weight marked on each plate. It also looks as though they may not have been made at the same time? If you have any information about these plates please leave a comment.
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Professor A P Schmidt claimed anyone could use his Automatic Exerciser. That you could not out grow it because the globe on the end could be filled to make it heavier and the bar the globe rested on could be adjusted in or out to change the difficulty of raising the Exerciser. This can be seen in the ads. He also included “Free of charge for a limited time only”, sound like today’s ads ?, “his new and improved Monarch Combination Bell.” There are four different weight adjustable bells.
One bell can be seen in the photo. This all sold for $ 15.00. There are ads very similar to the ones seen here in the 1910 issues of Physical Culture and The Saturday Evening Post Magazines. There were several models of the Automatic Exerciser over time.
There are also smaller Zuver’s Gym plates of 35 lbs., 25 lbs., 10 lbs., 5 lbs., and 2-1/2 lbs. They have become very collectible and sought after, sometimes selling as high as $40.00 per pound at auction.
As a Zuver, I’m flattered that my dad’s Dream Plates have become so cherished among vintage iron collectors. I’m proud to say the 45 lb. plates pictured here are in the collection of the Great Gripster, Richard Sorin, and are on display at his Sorinex Facility in S. C.
The photo with the Reserved sign shows Zuver Plates being used as paper weights on Richard Sorin’s desk.
These, along with the famous Zuver’s Hall of Fame Gym Muscle Plates have become, to many, great iron symbols of the muscle world.
Gotta love ’em.