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Ironclad: Paul Anderson’s Famous Safe – Iron Game History – May/June, 2000

It is among the few artifacts in lifting history tob have a special meaning, being in the company of the Cyr dumbell, the Inch dumbell, and the Apollon railcar wheels, all items whose exact weights are known, and whose images have been published over the years in the muscle literature. But this item, the safe that Paul Anderson used for his heavy lifting, had until recently an uncertain weight, and a photo of it has, to my knowledge, never been published, until now. Accompanying this article is a photo of the safe that Olympic champion Paul Anderson used as a component for his famous claim of a 12 June 1957 backlift of 6,270 pounds.