Posts Tagged ‘Weight Loss’

Censor Fox Trot?

August 24, 2012

Censor Fox Trot? Never! It Keeps Flapper Slender

A “Delayed Resolution” in Music Thins Stoutest When Taken With New Dances.

New York City. — Too fat? Lots of people are — but not many have the thrilling experience of Fanny Watson, who awoke one morning to find herself getting thinner and getting paid for it.

Fanny does a stunt with her sister in vaudeville, and of course she’s always adding new quirks and turns to her act. The other day she — but let her tell it.

“Of course I knew I was too fat,” she admits frankly, “but I was lazy — like a lot of women. I hated exercise and I loathed dieting. So I went on my sugary, near-obese way until that glad morning when my dress bands began to overlap and I had the merry whim to get weighed. Maybe you won’t believe it, but as near as I could figure I had lost ten pounds in two weeks!

Finds Reducing Painless.

“I wasn’t going into a decline, that was evident, for I looked and felt better than I had for ages, but I consulted a doctor anyway and he explained the whole thing.

“It was my new act, a burlesque fox trot to ‘Stealing’ sung by my little sister, Kitty. I say ‘burlesque’ but I really mean exaggerated because there was nothing burlesque about the effort I put into my trotting, and according to the doctor, that effort was literally ‘stealing’ away my pounds.

Delayed Resolution Does It.

“‘You cover a mile and a quarter in every 20 minutes you fox trot,” he explained, ‘and if you have a song with a constantly recurring delayed resolution, you’ll get a certain agitation that keeps you constantly on the go all the time you’re dancing.’

“Well, I never heard of delayed resolution before, but ‘Stealing’ has it all right. We tested it to see. Everytime Kittye starts:

‘Stealing, stealing, with your eyes appealing,
There’s a tender feeling in my heart for you’

I figure off goes another pound. That’s why one part of my act won’t be changed for many months.

“My friends say I’m the luckiest woman in the world. Instead of torturing myself to get thin, I draw my salary for painless reducing!”

The Davenport Democrat and Leader (Davenport, Iowa) May 17, 1922

Audio recording from the Library of Congress:

Stealing
Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra
1921-11-30

The sheet music with lyrics from the Indiana State University – Cunningham Memorial Library:

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