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Rhythm by Anthony "Tony" Sansone, 1935

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"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.


  1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    really cool! here's some more info:

    i had no idea who he was, so thanks for the introduction.
  2. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    Thanks for all the loves, I am currently tacking down the Nudeleafs and Duets portfolios that Tony did. If you are interested in finding out more about Tony and his career check out this book at Amazon. Warning: It features photos from the original negatives that have not been airbrushed
    It is an excellent reference for artists, photographers, etc.
    This book itself is becoming a collectors item.

    I also have 5, 8X10 limited edition numbered prints from the original negatives that are in this book.
  3. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    Phil, I know he was married and had one son Anthony Jr. He made it into one movie in a bit part, the movie was "In Praise of the of the American Woman" in 1933, you can still order it on Amazon. He appears near the end in a Busby Berkley type cavalcade of scantly clad men and women. He ran and owned some gyms and wrote for early body building magazines so I imagine he made a good living.

    The former Mr. Texas and I did a collaboration book titled "Homage To An Adonis: Modern Classics" in which we re-created a number of Tony's most famous poses which I photographed and Darrin modeled, it also featured a number of Tony's articles on body building and diet, that were in the public domain.

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