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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Lil Champ: 1947

Lil Champ: 1947

June 1947. "Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat and 11-month-old son Kent." Photo by Stanley Kubrick for the Look magazine assignment "Strong Man's Family." Look Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

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The "ideal" physique

It's refreshing to see once more a bodybuilder whose proportions are those of a "regular" human being, albeit writ large. Since the advent of steroids and full-time, high-tech training, most professional bodybuilders look as though their heads had been Photoshopped, at too small a scale, onto a cartoon.

Thus snarks one who never bench-pressed more than 280 in his life!

Early Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was still 18 when he took this photo for Look, about a month shy of his 19th birthday. Pat Jantzen, who once worked as a Disney animator, is apparently still living near Bartelso, Illinois. Gene and Kent have died, Gene (Severin Eugene) in 2005 at age 88 and Kent in 1962 at 16, resulting from accidentally shooting himself with a .22 pistol.

"Body Double Take"


Gene heard his wife say "Baby Kent needs some Pull-Ups" and this is what happened.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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