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Ernest Edwin Coffin Collection

Photographer:
Brooks, Warwick  Search this
Steckel, Geo. (George), 1864-  Search this
Weston, Arthur  Search this
Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896  Search this
Collector:
Coffin, Ernest Edwin  Search this
Creator:
Falk, B. J. (Benjamin J.), 1853-1925  Search this
Sandwina, Katie  Search this
Weider, Joe (author)  Search this
Donor:
Manhart, Harrison D., II  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Sandow, Eugen, 1867-1925  Search this
Extent:
11.5 Cubic feet (26 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pamphlets
Articles
Correspondence
Photographs
Glass plate negatives
Scrapbooks
Date:
1889-1954
Summary:
The collection documents Eugen Sandow and other bodybuilders through correspondence and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains original and copy photographs of Eugen Sandow and other bodybuilders and actors, by well known photographers Warwick Brooks, Napoleon Sarony, Benjamin J. Falk, George Steckel, and others; correspondence with well-known bodybuilders such as Joe Weider and Katie Sandwina; and periodicals and books about Sandow.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Background Materials, 1894-1958

Series 2: Correspondence, 1902-1954

Series 3: Publications, 1926-03-1955-01

Series 4: Photographs, 1889-1952
Biographical:
Ernest Edwin Coffin (1898-1954) was a California amateur bodybuilder, and weightlifter and collector of bodybuilding memorabilia, especially on the subject of Eugen Sandow. Coffin considered himself the world's expert on "Sandowania" and spent over 40 years writing and collecting memorabilia about Sandow as well as other strongmen such as Joe Weider, Milo Steinborn, and Katie Sandwina.

Born Frederich Muller (1867-1925) in Konigsberg, Prussia, Muller emigrated to England in 1889 and become a citizen in 1906. Muller adopted the stage name of Eugen Sandow and ran several schools of physical culture, performed, lectured, and wrote about strength amd mental and physical health. Sandow toured the United States in 1893 with his manager, Florenz Ziegfeld, the "Follies" showman. Sandow's first American appearance was at the World's Fair in Chicago where he was an instant success. Ziegfeld marketed Sandow as "the perfect man," and "the modern Hercules." Sandow used his popularity to market books, a magazine (Physical Culture), and exercise equipment.
Separated Materials:
Materials in the Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).

The Division of Culture and the Arts holds hand weights, a cut-out, and a dumbbell belonging to Eugen Sandow. See accession #2001.0179.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Dan Manhart in 2009.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Physical education and training  Search this
Modelling  Search this
Bodybuilding  Search this
Books  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pamphlets
Articles
Correspondence
Photographs -- 20th century
Photographs -- 19th century
Glass plate negatives
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Citation:
Ernest Edwin Coffin Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1152
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Ernest Edwin Coffin Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85a17cf6d-30e5-44ee-9bee-4be32e20f412
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1152

Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America / John F. Kasson

Author:
Kasson, John F. 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Houdini, Harry 1874-1926  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
Topic:
Men in popular culture--History  Search this
Masculinity in popular culture--History  Search this
Human body--Social aspects  Search this
Tarzan (Fictitious character)  Search this
Call number:
HQ1090.3 .K39 2001X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682417

Sandow on physical training [microform] : a study in the perfect type of the human form./ compiled and edited, under Mr. Sandow's direction, by G. Mercer Adam

Author:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Adam, G. Mercer (Graeme Mercer) 1830-1912  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 244, [70] p. : ill., diagrs., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1982
1894
Topic:
Physical education and training  Search this
Gymnastics  Search this
Call number:
mfm 814
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_377539

Arresting beauty : the perfectionist impulse of Peale's butterflies, Heade's hummingbirds, Blaschka's flowers, and Sandow's body / Ellery E. Foutch

Author:
Foutch, Ellery E. (Ellery Elisabeth).)  Search this
Subject:
Peale, Titian Ramsay 1799-1885  Search this
Heade, Martin Johnson 1819-1904  Search this
Blaschka, Leopold 1822-1895  Search this
Blaschka, Rudolf 1857-1939  Search this
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 558 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
In art
Date:
2011
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Natural history illustration  Search this
Perfection  Search this
Masculine beauty (Aesthetics)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1002330

Strength and how to obtain it / Eugen Sandow

Author:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Subject:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Popular works
Date:
2005
1911
C2005
Topic:
Bodybuilders  Search this
Bodybuilding  Search this
Weight training  Search this
Physical education and training  Search this
Physical fitness  Search this
Exercise  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1019877

Sandow on physical training : a study in the perfect type of the human form / Eugen Sandow and G. Mercer Adam

Author:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Adam, G. Mercer (Graeme Mercer) 1830-1912  Search this
Subject:
Sandow, Eugen 1867-1925  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 244 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Popular works
Biography
Date:
2010
1894
[2010], c1894
Topic:
Physical education and training  Search this
Physiology--Study and teaching  Search this
Exercise  Search this
Strong men  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1019890

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