Glenn Bishop, [High School Physique Contest], Unknown, 1950
Resource TypeStill Images
Date of Creation1950
Administrative/Biographical HistoryGLENN BISHOP was without a doubt one of the most widely published and heavily marketed of all the models of the golden age of physique photography. Discovered as a youngster, Bishop's images were a staple in early issues of Tomorrow's Man (which at that time had not yet shifted its operations from Chicago to New York).
Initially working with photographers IRV JOHNSON and CLIFF OETTINGER (both of Chicago), Bishop quickly came to the attention of both DOUGLAS OF DETROIT (Douglas Juleff) and BOB DELMONTEQUE , who was himself just entering the photography and sales side of the business. Taking a cue from Delmonteque's shrewd self-marketing (as well as his entry into the business as a model who marketed photographs of himself), Bishop carved a healthy and profitable niche for himself through ads in the back of the popular physique magazines.
During his heyday in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he appeared on the covers (as well as the interiors) of nearly all the popular physique and bodybuilding magazines, including Adonis, Body Beautiful, Demi-Gods, Fizeek, Grecian Guild Pictorial, Mr. America, Muscleboy, Muscle Builder, Muscle Sculpture, Muscles-a-Go-Go, Physique Artistry, Popular Man, Strength and Health, Trim, Vagabond, Vim, The Young Physique and even Zing . For some of these titles, Bishop graced the cover for multiple issues during his career. MICHIGAN MODELS was the name Bishop and Alan gave to their photo joint venture, and they very successfully shot and marketed their own photographs for several years, with Glenn's wife Marlene fulfilling the orders that came in.
Extent & Medium1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; 4 x 5 in
Scope & ContentItem is a mid 20th-century physique photograph created for model Glenn Bishop for sale in his Michigan based photography sales business
Archival HistoryPhoto originally acquired by John Lillis through an unknown third party. Donation to Bob Mizer Foundation occurred in 2018.
NoteHigh School Physique Contest