March 27th, 2020

close up

Rigoulot (1924)


The History in Color cover shows our version of the famous vintage postcard with a black-and-white portrait of Charles Rigoulot when he won the gold medal in the 82.5kg class at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.


Charles Rigoulot (1903-1962) was perhaps one of the first Olympic weightlifters whose fame went far beyond his titles and results purely in weightlifting competitions. He was an Olympic champion in weightlifting, professional wrestler, racing car driver, strongman, circus performer, actor and, in many ways, a true symbol of France for his achievements in sports and his legendary heroics in World War II.


By all means, Rigoulot was a French celebrity known as the “strongest man in the world” and, perhaps, the most popular weightlifter in the world before the beginning of the World War II.

close up

Vasily Alexeev: Big in London (1974)


History in Color:

London, Great Britain, November 1974 – Legendary Soviet super heavyweight Vasily Alexeev is being caught on camera while showing a prospective of power and strength in front of the Tower Bridge during a sightseeing tour of London.


Alexeev arrived to London for the Strongest Man in the World invitational tournament held at Crystal Palace in London on November 27, 1974 . Besides Alexeev, the list of invited competitors included Gerd Bonk, Jurgen Heuser (both East Germany), Petr Pavlasek (Czechoslovakia), Aslanbek Yenaldiev, Yury Zaytsev (both USSR).


In the last lift of the tournament, Vasily Alexeev clean-and-jerked 242.5kg and set a new world record of the time. This record can be seen on the video footage below. It was one of In his 80 world records that Vasily Alexeev set in his remarkable career in Olympic weightlifting.