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I see a misshapen lump of clay.
But then there is Mike BonDurant’s muscle museum, which houses his extensive collection of antiques and curiosities related to (primarily old-time) weightlifters, bodybuilders and strongmen.
But as much as I enjoyed this video, I know that my wife would only see lumps of metal. In order to appreciate these items, the viewer must already be knowledgeable about physical culture history, as the video itself does not provide much context. We learn details about the specific Milo barbells in BonDurant’s collection, but not about who Alan Calvert was, or why his founding of the Milo Barbell Company was important.
This is, of course, entirely reasonable: this DVD is meant as a tour of a collection, not as a historical primer. Nonetheless, I hope to visit the museum one day to see the objects in person. And when I do, maybe BonDurant will let me bring my video camera so I can interview him in more depth about some of these treasures. Because all of that knowledge, in addition to the objects themselves, deserves to be preserved and shared.