PHOTOS: Global Male Bonding Through Bodybuilding

Universal Hunks: A Pictorial History of Muscular Men Around the World, 1895-1975 shows rare historic images of bodybuilding as a world-wide phenomenon.

BY Christopher Harrity

November 01 2013 3:00 AM ET

In 1957, the Shah sponsored the World Weightlifting Championships in Tehran, but the Islamic revolution and economic sanctions have since curtailed the country’s participation. In the summer of 1961, this young Persian posed for an admiring throng at a German swimming pool. He has inscribed the back in Farsi, “To my beloved sister,” and signed the photo “Sayeed.”

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