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05685-M0397ACCE- Journal- THE SHARP SHOOTER, Published Quarterly By The Radical Health Society Of Philadelphia. Business Office, No.1312 Chestnut St. Vol. I, No.3, October, 1865. The editor was Dr. S. M. Landis, an M.D. and D. D. What can we say about this most interesting and rare item? Firstly, it was presented to a library (probably Harvard) by "Hon. Chas. Sumner. Jan 14, 1867" and a penciled note attests to this. Sumner was a U. S. Senator from Massachusetts. He opposed slavery, championed civil rights for Negroes, and opposed Grant. He may be best remembered because of a physical attack and injury at the hands of Senator Preston Brooks of South Carolina in the senate chamber on May 22, 1856. But back to S. M. Landis. He was a reformer and outspoken founder of the First Progressive Christian Church, Philadelphia; a prolific author and speaker on the subject of physiology, a vegetarian (although this word is not used in the paper); a firebrand opponent of "drug-doctors, internal medicine, doctor-stuff, rum, tobacco, grease (in the diet), spices, condiments, vinegars of all kinds; proprietor of "Dr. S. M. Landis's Compound Electro-Magnetic Hot And Cold Air Baths," says that "Both the professions of Medicine and Sectarian Religion come under the rule of ignorance or rascality," and, by the time of this publication, had succeeded in alienating the clergy, the mayor, police department, and all the newspapers of the city. He takes out after them all with a vengeance and within just the first couple of pages describes them as Pharisees, egregiously blasphemous, liars, rummies, scoundrels, mediciners, ignoramuses, old fogies, envenomed opponents, hypocrites, slow-bellies, fools; blind guides stuffed with grease, rum, drugs and tobacco; old grease-pots, riotous and intemperate gluttons and wine bibbers, inconsistent drones and swindlers, weak-minded sneaks, and on and on.... Whew! He burns the hide off every thing in sight! From other sources we learn that Dr. Landis published a book entitled "Secrets of Generation". In 1870, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged him "with having published a sex education book that was lewd, filthy, and corrupt." Despite able counsel, a verdict against the defendant was assured when Judge William S. Pierce refused to allow fellow physicians to offer testimony of the medical truth or value of the book. A new trial was refused and the maximum sentence imposed--$500 fine and one year in prison. He was sentenced 1/22/1870. Then Governor John W. Geary of Pennsylvania pardoned him 5/17/1870 of "uttering, publishing and exposing to sale, obscene printed books". Landis was the author of several other works, including "Sense & Nonsense", "Mesmer, The Terror of the Rich," "Courtship and Marriage," Key to Love," "Key to Heaven," etc. All published by Landis Publishing Society," No. 13 North Eleventh Street, Philadelphia, PA. Wonder what ever became of Dr. Landis? Well preserved paper on rag stock. A real rare one--it literally reeks of age and history! 9" x 11-3/4" x 4pp. $248.00


03873-M0695ECEA- Catalogue- SUREHOLD CO., Westbrook, Maine. ca 1890. A little catalogue/promotional booklet entitled "How Rupture Is Cured" selling the Surehold Truss- $1.90 for a single or $3.40 for a double. Includes order blank w/questionnaire, stories calculated to convince, testimonials, & half-tone of the "Home of Surehold Truss" at 613 & 615 Main St. Horse and buggy in street. Front has illustration of an angel descending to a man and child, all w/outstretched arms. Not sure just what the significance of this is. Strangely, there’s not a single picture of the truss itself! Age toned but very good. 4-1/2" x 7-1/4" x 16pp. $22.00


02417-M0294CCEE- Professional Journal- THE GUARDIAN OF HEALTH, Vol. VII, No. I, Jan 1868. Adapted to the Times, The Medical Profession, And the People. Articles include: Hypochondriac Diseases ("Sometimes called Vapors, Low Spirits, Blue Devils, etc."), Observations on Epilepsy and Nervous Diseases. Ads include Japan Teas, Fancy Goods, Piano Fortes, Hair Cutter (a barber), Campbell House (a lodging house and restaurant). Self covered, thread bound, minor wear and toning. No illustrations. 6" x 9-1/4" x 24pp. $42.00


06851-M0302CEEE- Journal- BEAUTY AND HEALTH, Women’s Physical Development. Vol. 9, No. 5. February 1905. Physical Culture Publishing Co., New York, USA. They claim it to be "….a monthly magazine devoted to the cultivation of physical power and beauty in woman". This was a short-lived publishing effort of Bernarr MacFadden (1868-1955). He was the founder and editor in-chief of PHYSICAL CULTURE MAGAZINE. Macfadden was a physical fitness guru and proponent of healthy living. He spoke against use of tobacco, alcohol, restrictive clothing (especially corsets), vaccination, medicine and doctors in general. He supported alternative health care, frankness concerning human sexuality, ‘internal baths’ and fasting, sleeping in fresh air (even to the extent of having outdoor sleeping huts); mud, sand and air baths; homeopathy and osteopathy. He founded something he called ‘physcultopathy’. His contributing writers at various times claimed that "medicine is a murderous science" and that "germs do not cause disease". He was the consummate self-promoter and egomaniac and tried to buy his way in to the presidency of the U.S. He became a multi-millionaire through his publishing ventures, most notably the magazine, Physical Culture. He was married four times in his life and finally died destitute in 1955.

Articles and features contained in this magazine include: Exercising For Developing the Arm; True Meaning of Wedlock, Secret of Strong, Rosy Babies; At the Shrine of Love; A Pill Episode; Athletic Prowess of American Girls; Thoughts on Beauty and Power of Attraction in Women; Effect of Physical Culture on Fashion Illustrating; Science of Sex Purity; much more. About 19 pages of advertisements: Postum, Omo Dress Shield, Velvet Grip Hose Supporters, Dr. Scott’s Hair Brush, Facial Massage Roller, Prof. Anthony Barker offers a book claiming to improve your face by making faces. New Hair Culture, different types of exercisers, Grape-Nuts, clothing patterns, and much more. Light cover soil and edge wear. 6-1/2"x 9-1/2"x 48pp. $48.00


01874-M0693EEOC- Magazine- SUGGESTION PUBLISHING CO., Chicago, IL, Nov 1, 1906. SUGGESTION, A MAGAZINE OF THE NEW; PSYCHOLOGY. "Man’s whole education is the result of suggestion.. Nature will cure every ill that is curable." Naturopathic, Chiropractic, Osteopathic articles and ads. Other ads for water cure, suggestive therapeutics, body and brain perfection through Autology. Improve your face by making faces. Somebody called the New York & London Electric Assoc says that spectacles can be abandoned because they have something called "Actina" that restores eyesight. Health advice by mail and from your picture, and much more. Very good condition. 6" x 9" x 80pp. $36.00


06443-M0695ELKE- Almanac- AYRE'S AMERICAN ALMANAC, 1908. Pub by Dr. J.C. Ayre & Co, Lowell, Mass, U.S.A. Promotes Ayer's Sarsaparilla, Cherry Pectoral, Malaria and Ague Cure, Vegetable Liver Pill, Hair Vigor. Outrageous claims common to the times. Fragile, chipped, age darkened, repairs to gutter. 5"x 7-3/4"x 32pp. $12.00


02473-M0394ERAU- Journal- THE JOURNAL OF ORALOGY, Official Organ of the American Academy of Applied Dental Science, NY, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1922. "Disease Prevention Through Medical and Dental Co-operation." Oral Diagnosis, Home Prophylaxis, Teeth and the Eyes, Dead Teeth, Health A Social Asset, Oral Surgery. Many other articles and news shorts, etc. Illustrated ads. Rare first issue. Very good condition. 6-3/4" x 9-1/2" x 64pp. $32.00


04925-M0395EEHC- Sales Pak-  PRO-PHY-LAC-TIC BRUSH CO., Florence, Mass. 1925. Announces a contest result. They had a monthly "head-line contest." Letter thanks recipient for entering and announces winners for July and August of 1925.  3 pieces: 1) Letter (message typed) w/beautiful, full color head depicting three toothbrushes w/packaging. 2) Brochure in full color-- 6 panel unfolds to 10-1/4" x 5-3/4".  3) Envelope with full color graphics and part of red, 2 cent Washington stamp. Envelope torn open on end and has some light soil, all else excellent condition. One of the most striking direct mail packages we've seen. Nice display items. All three pieces. $46.00


03821-M0695EAEE- Catalogue- NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL, Chicago, IL. 1929. Health Education Material for all school grades and adult education. Includes plays, lantern slides, film strips, slides, projects, posters, charts, motion pictures, exhibits, booklets, leaflets, folders, etc. Offered at nominal sum, promoting healthy living and use of dairy products, especially milk. Well illustrated. Light cover soil. 6" x 9" x 36 pp. $22.00


02894-M0794ELHU- Journal- THE SCHOLL MFG CO., Chicago & NY, FOOT COMFORT NEWS, Vol. XIV, No. 2, June 1934. Edition for druggists. Pointers on stimulation of sales of Scholl products, ad cuts for dealer, display promotions, course on footology, cost and retail prices, etc. Well illustrated. Good history of the company and its founder. Light corner wrinkle and shelf soil, otherwise very good. Coated stock. Delightful item! Scholl has always done a good job with their dealers. 8-1/2" x 11" x 16pp. $22.00 


01851-M0693EEOC- Promotional Booklet- WHERE NATURE AND YOUR GOVERNMENT UNITE TO MAKE YOU WELL, Hot Springs National Park, AR, 1935. Chamber of Commerce piece promoting the healing baths. Half-tone of Bath House Row. Very good condition. 3-1/2" x 6-1/4" x 16pp. $14.00


06810-M0801ELEE- Book- THE HIKER’S HANDBOOK by Douglas Leedman, W.W. Norton & Co., New York. Copyright 1944. "A practical manual for those who make a hobby of walking." First edition. Hints On Walking, What To Wear, Personal Outfit, Your Pack And How To Arrange It, Sleeping Out Of Doors, With Map And Compass, Lost In The Woods, Your Health And Other Trifles, Meat And Drink, Woodcraft And Trail Lore, Country Rambles, On The Trail, In The City, Have An Objective, Hiking Clubs And Associations, The Hiker And The Law. 39 illustrations, indexed. Hardback. Name inscribed and light stain in front, otherwise excellent and tight. 5-1/4"x 7-5/8"x 220pp. $28.00


03862-M0695ERCH- Book- A GUIDE FOR PLANNING FACILITIES FOR ATHLETICS, RECREATION, PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION by Participants in Nat’l Facilities Conference. The Athletic Institute, Chicago, IL. 1947. Covers it all: Community Planning, Outdoor Facilities, Indoor Instruction and Recreation, Health Service and Education, Service & Administration, Swimming Pools, Stadium & Field House, General Building Features, Bibliography, Index. Large paperback. Light cover soil. 8-1/2" x 11" x 127pp. $28.00


06337-M1098EAEE- Broadsheet- JACK LALANNE GLAMOUR BAR & TWIN BEAUTY STRETCHERS, no place given. 1963. "Your Family Physical Fitness Plan Of Excellent Condition Featuring The 'Twist-n-Turn', Trim-n-Stretch' Slimnastics". Complete tutorial. Over fifty pictures. Mr. Lalanne passed away January 23, 2011 of pneumonia at his home in California. He was 96 years old.  His TV show ran from the 1950s to the ‘70s. In the Associated Press report of his death it is said when he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the “You Asked for It” television show. At 60 he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Frisco—handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor. Neat piece. Minor separation at a few fold corners. Folded piece opens to a large 16-1/4"x 21-1/2". $22.00


03852-M0695ECEE- Catalogue- SCHOOL HEALTH SUPPLY CO., Addison, IL. Cat No.10, 1966-67. "Physical Education Department, The Training Room People." Quite comprehensive: Exam room furniture, first aid & trainers supplies, message tables, steam packs, infrared lamps, scales, sterilization equip, canes, crutches, first aid and drug cabinets, stretchers, wheel chairs, gurneys, exam equip and supplies, instruments, splints, MMR & ECC equip, much more. Coated stock. Excellent condition. 8-1/2" x 11" x 46pp. $22.00


06427-M03399ECEE- Book- THE MEDICAL MESSIAHS, A Social History of Health Quackery in Twentieth-Century America. By James Harvey Young. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey, 1967. 1st ed. Illustrated and indexed. Signed by author with message to a colleague. In The Toadstool Millionaires and then this book, Young traces the history of health quackery from colonial times to 1966. Out-of-print title here offered is an intriguing account of the fight of the pure food and drug folks against the patent medicine charlatans and mo-jo men who, then and now, prey on credulous minds. Book is marked with notations throughout by, presumably, the person to whom it was presented for use in his lectures. Hardback, no dust jacket. Very slight wear to extremities, otherwise almost like new. 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"x 459pp. $62.00


06986-M0902EEEE- Catalogue- JC PENNEY- No location given. 2000. This was produced by JCP Media L. P. Leisure Lifestyle exercise and spa equipment including treadmills, circulating hot tubs, massage chair, magnetic appliances, exercise bikes, steppers, trampolines, workout stations, racks, benches, dumbbells, etc. Names include Reebok, Image, Pro-Form, JumpKing, Weider, iFit, Weslo. Colorful action photography. Excellent condition. 7-7/8"x 10-1/4"x 16pp. $12.00


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