Thursday, June 13, 2024

Muscle Mania

The Muscle Beach scene was in full swing by 1948, and something approaching
 "muscle mania" became an almost worldwide phenomenon.  Above we have (l-r)  
Steve Reeves, John Grimek, and Andre Drapp at a London competition.

The 1948 Olympic heavyweight lifters are shown above.  John Davis (USA) took gold, Norb Schemansky (USA) won silver, and Dutchman Abraham Charite" took silver.
And what a lovely lineup of bulges showing through the singlets!

Here's another group with a bunch of big trophies and John Grimek on a throne.
Flanking him are Steve Reeves and George Eiferman.



  1. Andre Drapp looks fantastic in the first shot, and I have always liked George Eiferman.

    1. I have collections of both those guys' photos.

    2. Drapp was wearing VERY brief posers for 1948 - naughty !

  2. Last photo Mr USA 1949 held at the Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles.
    Many felt that Steve Reeves deserved the title as he had a better physique than Grimek….:)

  3. Mr. Charite, the weightlifter on the right, seems to be wearing his uniform backwards.