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Macfadden, Bernarr

Born: 1868 AD
Died: 1955 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen

1868 – Born on August 16th near Mill Spring, Missouri. American physical culturist who, by sometimes eccentric means, spread the gospel of physical fitness and created a popular magazine empire.

1897 – Macfadden traveled to England where he collaborated with bicycle entrepreneur Hopton Hadley to market the wall-mounted muscle developer that he had created.

1898-1899 – With Hadley’s support, Macfadden founded an early muscle magazine, Physical Development, and later an even more successful American version, Physical Culture.

1903 – Macfadden staged the first physique (bodybuilding) contest in America and fostered the emergence of physical culture’s greatest icon, Charles Atlas.

1919-1924 – He published a wide variety of fictional romance magazines, including True Story, True Romances, and True Detective Mystery Magazine, to teach the lessons of life in story form.

1935 – His pulp publishing empire had a total of 35 million readers.

1955 – Died on October 12th in Jersey City, New Jersey.

         – Macfadden died a multimillionaire after refusing medical treatment for a digestive disorder.