No More Alibis!

Are you one of the millions of people whose resolution for the New Year is to lose weight? Are you tired of all of the new claptrap and never-ending studies that suggest being overweight has nothing to do with how much you eat, or move, or don’t move? Are you looking for old-fashioned advice that works if you work it 30s Hollywood style?

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A Victorian Era Cautionary Christmas Diet Tale

I have a collection of antique Christmas children’s books. One such book from 1905, published by McLoughlin Bros New York and illustrated by G.A. Davis is appropriately titled The Christmas Book. It contains “The Night Before Christmas” but also a little known cautionary tale, “The Day After Christmas”. I’m sharing the colorful pages with you here and hope you will enjoy reading the diet advice which is delivered in a lighthearted way:

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Nutrition Advice for Kids from 1971

I have a groovy nutrition booklet for kids from 1971 called Mystery at the Food Power Tower published by the “National Live Stock and Meat Board.” Other than a creepy clown that prohibits adults from entering the tower with their children (and parents who entrust them to the clown), it offers some sensible, straight-forward advice to kids about eating healthily.

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Joe Bonomo: Beautify Your Figure

Joe Bonomo, a mid-century Hollywood fitness and beauty expert published numerous booklets and workbooks on how to achieve health and beauty. “Beautify Your Figure” is contained in “The Golden Dozen” Little Pocket Manuals from the 1960s.

Here are a couple of samples from within:

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Diet or Die: The Dolly Dimples Weight Reducing Plan

Celesta “Dolly Dimples” Geyer’s reflections on life as the circus side show “fat lady” and her quest to save her life by losing weight are shared in her 1968 book. Ms. Geyer lost over 400 pounds and was entered in the Guinness Book of World records as “The World’s Greatest Dieter.”

I’m offering a copy from my personal collection that comes with the original dust jacket. It’s in very good pre-owned condition with no odors, tears or stains. Binding is tight. $75 includes shipping. US shipping only. Please send a message through the contact form to request a PayPal invoice.

1970s Weight Watchers on Body Positivity

Why does the current “body positivity” movement appear to be mostly focused on younger women, often posing closely together, in their undergarments? Do you have to be under 35 to feel good about your body? Is it possible to be modest yet love your body, or do you have to strip down and showcase yourself online and off to prove that you feel good about what your body looks like? 

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