Archive for April 26th, 2012

Rise This Great Mass

April 26, 2012

Image from Virginia Caputo & James S. Maxwell, Jr. Antiques

How to Reduce One’s Weight.

From the Graphic.

A woman weighing 200 pounds called on a physician for advice. He gave her the following instructions:

1. For breakfast eat a piece of beef or mutton as large as your hand, with a slice of white bread twice as large. For dinner the same amount of meat, or, if preferred, fish or poultry, with the same amount of farinaceous or vegetable food in the form of bread or potatoes. For supper, nothing.

2. Drink only when greatly annoyed with thirst; then a mouthful of lemonade without sugar.

3. Take three times a week some form of bath in which there shall be immense perspiration. The Turkish bath is best. You must work; either in walking or some other way, several hours a day.

4. You must rise early in the morning and retire late at night. Much sleep fattens people.

5. The terrible corset you have on, which compresses the center of the body, making you look a good deal fatter than you really are, must be taken off, and you must have a corset which any dressmaker can fit to you — a corset for the lower part of the abdomen — which will rise this great mass and support it.

She followed the advice for six months, and trained herself down to 152 pounds.

The Standard (Albert Lea, Minnesota) Mar 12, 1884

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Image from Shorpy

Estrangement

April 26, 2012

Image of Camille Claudel from le mot et la chose

ESTRANGEMENT.

The path from me to you that led,
Untrodden long, with grass is grown,
Mute carpet that his lieges spread
Before the Prince Oblivion
When he goes visiting the dead.
And who are they but who forget?
You, who my coming could surmise
Ere any hint of me as yet
Warned other ears and other eyes,
See the path blurred without regret.
But when I trace its windings sweet
With saddened steps, at every spot
That feels the memory in my feet,
Each glass-blade turns forget-me-not,
Where murmuring bees your name repeat.

The Standard (Albert Lea, Minnesota) May 25, 1882