York Barbell History – York History – Barbell Equipment History
Barbell Equipment History 1932 – 1953:
This lecture covers the development of York Barbell exercise equipment from the beginning days of simple barbells made in the York Oil Burner shop, to the complete line of exercise tools that evolved over the next 30 years. In this commentary, Mike shares his depth of knowledge and passion to those of us who came later. Note: This lecture describes images in the transcript. You’ll want to have the transcript handy while listening for full enjoyment.
“York Barbell, the oldest barbell company in the world, sold more barbell equipment than any other company over the years. They have operated continuously since 1932, and are still in operation in York, although not in the original location. They’re still making barbells, or at least importing them, as most barbells are now made in China and Canada.” ~Mike BonDurant
- The Beginnings (3:20)
- Advertising (7:25)
- Improved York Barbell (14:15)
- The Iron Boot (17:40)
- York Victory Barbells (20:35)
- Home Gym Equipment (23:40)
Mike BonDurant was well-known in physical culture historian circles as the guy who *knew* gym equipment history. He was also the publisher of Muscle Museum Forum newsletter, and owned a fine collection of unique historical items that’s the envy of iron collectors worldwide.