Posted 5 years ago
"Rhythm" was self published book by Anthony J. "Tony" Sansone whose iconic images have been associated with the Art Deco movement. His portfolio "Modern Classic" (which I also own) was a soft cover booklet held together by blue twine. This is a hardcover portfolio book, originally sold for $1.00 by mail in 1935. The book is 8.25" X 6.25"and is in near perfect condition, there is a slight discoloration on the bottom on the binding.
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" (This book's Namesake and is featured in four panels in the book) 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.