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Modern Classics, Tony Sansone, 1932

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"Modern Classics" was the second self published book by Anthony J. "Tony" Sansone whose iconic images have been associated with the Art Deco movement. This is a softcover portfolio book held together with a piece of blue twine, originally sold for $1.00 by mail in 1932.

Tony Sansone was and is called the first American Adonis. Much of Tony Sansone's enduring fame in bodybuilding history was the result of his success as a model. Sansone began modeling when he was still a teenager. He became a much sought-after model who posed for paintings, photographs, and sculpture. He was featured on many magazine covers, both American and European. He modeled for statues by James Earle Fraser ("Meriwether Lewis;" Fraser also designed the US buffalo nickel), Arthur Lee ("Rhythm" which was created over five years, 1925 - 1930), and Malvina Hoffman ("Nordic Type" and "Elemental Man"). Sansone published several photo books, including Modern Classics, Rhythm, Du-ets (sic ) with then unknown body builder Charles Atlas, and Nudleafs (a portfolio of 20 8X10 photographs). By 1936, he had sold over 15,000 copies of Modern Classics and Rhythm combined.

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