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    • Ken Sprague
      A series of indoor T&F meets begin today on ESPN; 3 pm, EST. I saw an article in the local newspaper promoting the meets, featuring a thrower. https://americantrackleague.com/
    • john corlett
      Here is a link to a 7 and one half year old article on John Brown and his oldest son Equanimeous.  Tomorrow Equanimeous, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, is scheduled to play in the NFC Championship game.   The winner of this game goes to the Super Bowl.   https://lasentinel.net/local-legend-john-brown.html
    • Bob Forand
      Hi, new to this site and relatively new fan of old iron. Not sure if this is the appropriate forum or not, but it appears to be my only option as a new member, so here goes... Long story short, I have a question re: Old Standard Plates.  I am hoping to get some history on some plates I recently picked up. They are "Wonder" and "Challenge" brands.  I can't find any information on these brands/manufacturers online so was hoping someone here could give me some insight on their history and background.  Short story long, I have always been a gym membership guy.  I knew folks with home gym setups, but it never appealed to me when a gym membership had everything I needed and more. Then COVID hit and my gym shut down with all the rest.  I made it about a month using self weight exercises in my backyard before I realized a home gym would be necessary (in hindsight, now that I have my home gym setup, this is where it 's at, tough seeing myself ever going back to a gym membership).  Unfortunately by the time I figured out I needed to get the home gym project started, retailers were long since sold out of gear, and the used market (Craigslist, Offerup) was white hot.  My budget was limited.  Those factors pretty much sealed my fate for a 9 month process of buy/sell/trade transactions to gear up a garage gym at minimal expense. My home gym project carried me across the state if the equipment and deal was right.  My logic was I have driven 3-4 hrs each way for work for a 30 minute meeting. So driving 3-4 hrs for a solid weight rack is easily justifiable.  In this way budgetary restrictions drove old rusty weights  to quickly distinguish themselves as the items of choice, and I became experienced cleaning them for resale to help offset the used market markups on basic gear I ended up needing to pay a premium for.  At some point, the home gym started coming together and my interest evolved from turning over weights in a sale to collecting bits of history and repurposing them for my use, or the future use of my son and his friends.  So the core of my plate inventory is brands like Weider, Billard, Golds, Ferrigno.  Wife thought my production line of wore brushing and painting was crazy but the plates come out nice and it's a bit of history.  To that end, I found myself launched into some sort of underground Old Standard Plate movement, and started looking out for and picking up other older brands and styles such as York and Roberts.  Which lead me to the "Wonder" and "Challenge" plates I'm asking about here.  From all the detailed history I have read so far on this site about vintage brands, collars, etc. seems me asking about these brands may be childs play, but any information on these plates would be appreciated.  If not that is cool too, I will still repurpose and lift them, I just like to have any added history if possible... some photos of my Wonder and Challenge beasts, and a mystery unidentified specimen, are below. Also a photo of some TDS's after cleaning.  Good stuff and thanks in advance. Regards, Bob
    • Jakelee
      Hey David, not sure if you're still active on here but I too am in the KC area. If you are ever interested in some trades, let me know as I have some doubles of roundheads and am still missing a lot of pairs to complete a set. I also sent you a friend request on FB.... I think it was you.
    • Jack Green
      Thanks for the info..... I used up all my reactions
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