Manhattan, Ks. 1980-1981. Seventeen photographs (three silver-gelatin prints measuring 8x10 inches, fourteen smaller photos); typed letter, signed; 10 issues of Powerlifting newsletter. Light wear and soiling. Very good. Item #455
Small archive of African-American powerlifter Nate Foster, including nine issues of the Powerlifting Mo-Valley, “The Official Missouri Valley Powerlifting Newsletter,” of which Foster was editor. Foster won a World Masters title for powerlifting in 1980, and also broke numerous records in the same year. The newsletter records these and other feats performed by muscle-laden men and women, together with illustrations of the events. Three large black and white photos depict Foster lifting in competition, as do several of the smaller photographs. The remainder of the images show Foster and his family -- a white wife and their two sons. The typed letter dates to Christmas 1981, and is Foster’s general greeting letter to friends and family. It details news of the past year, including his divorce and the winning of his second World title in lifting. That year, Foster coached the U.S. Women’s Powerlifting Team at the World Championships in Hawaii, winning numerous medals. It was, however, a difficult year financially, with the divorce and the failure of his gym. Though a small archive, it is a nice mix of personal and professional material, highlighting an unusual area of sport.