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Building Physical Power Posters Collection

Identifier: MSSP 10089

Scope and Contents

Six posters demonstrating at-home workout techniques for men and women using everyday objects. Each poster is titled “Building Physical Power, The Science of Acquiring Strength Through Spinal Development.” The posters were published by the United Schools of Physical Culture, Executive Offices: 915 Flatiron Building, New York. Each poster features a model demonstrating poses instructed by Bernar McFadden. Each poster is copyrighted 1909 by E. R. Du Mont. This collection currently only includes six of the 12 total published Illustrated Lessons.


  • Deaccession: 1909

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Bernar McFadden (1868–1955) was one of the foremost proponents of physical culture at the turn of the twentieth century. He advocated physical fitness and exercising for men and women to develop their bodies and maintain their health. His popular magazine Physical Culture and other publications also included his sometimes controversial beliefs about a range of topics from diet to relationships. The United Schools of Physical Culture was one of his publishing and commercial ventures.


1 cubic foot (1 F2 box)

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November 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556