Art of Massage.
A thinly-clad smiling woman, bosom exposed, graces the cover of this curious patent medicine booklet measuring approx. 5½ x 3½ inches. Targeted at women, the product of the day was Dr. Charles’ Flesh Food: “Beauty of face and form is a precious gift and its preservation is a solemn duty. No woman in these enlightened days need conceal her efforts to retain the beauty with which Nature has blessed her…” (p1)
Graphics within show a model massaging her face with the flesh food. One image, on p. 16 devoted to bust development shows the model applying the flesh food to her breasts so that a “healthful development of the bust will be assured.”
Was Dupell successful in duping his customers? He appears to have been. A 1915 New York Times article describes him as a complainant against one of his former employees for thievery, an employee who purportedly once brought in $10,000/year as a salesman for Dupell.
Description: Art of Massage.
[New York. ca1900s–1910s]. 24pp. Approx. 5½x 3½ inches. Booklet, color lithography, embossed lettering. Illus. with half-tones. Mild, general wear; very good.