Posted 8 months ago
From the early world of body building comes this antique award trophy statue. It is a chromed solid metal advertising collectible from the early 1900's in Chicago. This is a sculpted chrome nude man from the Charles Postl Gym.
Charlie was an immigrant from Austria and opened the first health and fitness club in Chicago in 1908. Charlie was a championship wrestler and saw the need for a commercial gym for men to stay healthy and fit. He raised the cities awareness to fitness and by 1914 all the high schools had at least one gym and began physical education programs. Around 1915 Charlie's partner ran off with all the clubs money and nearly bankrupt it. President Teddy Roosevelt, friend and wrestling partner of Charlie, stepped in and allowed the use of his name and likeness to advertise for the Gym and general Health and fitness. He also was Calvin Coolidge's health advisor.
From Charles M. Postl's Obituary, July 20th, 1964
CHICAGO (UPI) -Charles M. Postl, 79, former world light- heavyweight wrestling champion who wrestled with Theodore Roosevelt and served as health adviser to Calvin Coolidge died Friday of a heart attack. Postl, a native of Vienna, Austria, founded the Chicago Health Club in 1908. It was believed to be the first such club in the United States.
This rare piece is Solid metal and measures about 5" tall. It looks like it was original mounted to a stone or wood trophy base as there is a screw on bottom. The screw has been filed flat and now it is a famous paperweight. The chrome is excellent with no flaking, rust or corrosion except in on small area on the right knee. It has some scratches from age. This is modeled after pose 10 on picture number 4.