Intro

Eat Real Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

Strong People are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe

Vintage Equipment

Olympic Plates

Bell Foundry Company (BFCO) - Still in business, South Gate, Southern California.  Weights of choice in the 1970's.

10's free from Danny Salpietra (via Facebook Marketplace).

Billard Barbell Company - Reading, Pennsylvania 1960s. (hat tip oldtimestrongman.com).  The Billard Olympics are older than Billard Universal.  Billard Olympic were made until the late 1980's.  Billard Universal made in the 1990's.

25's purchased from Danny Salpietra (via Facebook Marketplace).

Danny Salpietra 2/7/2022

Danny Salpietra 2/7/2022

Champion Barbell -  Dallas based company that catered to high schools and other institutional type settings.  Likely manufactured overseas.  I purchased a pair of 45's from Jordan Quill (Facebook Marketplace)

Jordan Quill 3/11/2022

Hofman Industries - [Unrelated to Bob Hoffman] out of Reading, PA, not as accurate, looser fit on sleeves.  Still in business, make piping now in 2022.  I purchased a set of 25's from Keli Naujokaitis (Facebook Marktplace).  These are USA stamped and not milled.  I sold these to Jake (Facebook Marketplace)

International - Canadian company.  I purchased a single 45 "Bullseye Back" from Jordan Quill (Facebook Marketplace)

Jordan Quill 3/11/2022

Ivanko Barbell Company - American manufacturer of fitness products.  Plates include unbranded, economical OB series and premium M series.  Not particularly rare or desirable, but I really like the feel of them.

Purchased a pair of 25s from Pako (via Facebook Marketplace 3/30/2022)

York Barbell Company - Bob Hoffman produced bars and plates in Pennsylvania from the early 1930's until the mid to late 1990's.  The York Hercules Olympic line was York's economy line.  The first run of these unmilled cast plates were produced in the US, with "USA" on the hubs, before moving production off-shore.

The 45's, 35's and 5s purchased from Chief-Manuelito (via Facebook Marketplace 1/10/2022) were found in a storage unit clean out.  The 25's were purchased from Joshua Kost (via Vintage Weightlifting Swap 1/18/2022, to arrive by 1/21/2022).  Now I am on the lookout for a pair of 10's and a pair of 2.5's.  I purchased a pair of Hercules 10's from Pako (via Facebook Marketplace 3/30/2022)

Dumbbells - I started my collection with a pair of 20's and a single 25 pound dumbbell purchased from Eric (Facebook Marketplace 1/4/2022).  Recently, I came across a pair of 7's purchased from Hamid (Craigslist 2/4/2022).  Finally, I was scooped on a single 50 pound, but bought it from the flipper, Seth (Facebook Marketplace 2/5/2022).  I have no delusions of grandeur and will never own a set from 1 pound to 100 pound, but am more than happy to opportunistically pick up pairs as they are available.

Modern Era - 1960's to 1990's

Late 50's to the late 60's

Milled back 5# plates

Universal Gym Equipment - Founded by Harold Zinkin in 1957.  First Mr. California in 1941 and was very innovative in developing weight machines with a weight stack.

45's purchased from Pez MG (via Facebook Marketplace).

Schisler - Likely manufactured in 1980's and distributed by Schisler in Ohio.  They sold "Eagle Head" plates and three spoke.

Justin Stalsis 3/11/2022

Standard Plates

Ironman Barbell - Peary Rader (owner and editor of Iron Man magazine) sold plates from his location in Alliance, Nebraska in the 1950's.

The 25# standard plates were being offered by Katherine L. McCray (via Facebook Marketplace).  They were quickly bought by Hugo Teufel (Vintage York Barbell Owners) and I purchased them from him on 1/8/2022.

1950's

Healthways Hollywood - Richard Kline born 1906, died 1963, training programs for the stars (booklet "The Hollywood Way to a Beautiful Body" and opened a gym Health-Ways at 5750 Hollywood Blvd in 1940.  He branched out into cinematography equipment, air gun parts and scuba gear.

ROC-MO - Per a thread on Vintage Weights & the History of Physical Culture, ROC MO was short hand for Rocky Mountain, headquarters of the iron company.  Possibly from Bell Foundry?

The 25# standard plates were purchased from Chief-Manuelito (via Facebook Marketplace 1/10/2022) were found in a storage unit clean out.  (2) 25# Healthways of Hollywood, (1) 25# York, (1) 25# unbranded Made in USA, (3) 10# ROC-MO, (3) 10# unbranded Made in USA

1950's Healthways of Hollywood
ROC-MO still researching








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