In case anyone wondered when I was going to get around to featuring weight-loss 78s from 1922, today is your lucky day. At a Goodwill where 78s were the last thing I expected, a nice little stack of them appeared, along with some fun 45s. The No. 3 and No. 4 Wallace Reducing Record--how could I pass them up? I figured these must have been sold by mail, and this was confirmed on line by scanned copies of the Womens' Home Journal and The Cosmopolitan (back when it was a literary magazine). The ad doesn't list the cost, since it's a first-record-free deal. The one-sided discs came in an album with a booklet, neither of which came with this find. Here's the ad:
So, exercising to music is anything but a new idea in our pop culture. Wow. These two sides are repetitious, of course, but hilarious because of the period music. Well, hilarious to me, anyway. You might tire of them quickly, especially if you follow the exercises.
The sound quality goes to heck at the end of No. 4, and I don't know why--there's no visible wear or surface flaws. It's a mystery. Anyway, I wonder if anyone ever really lose 100 lbs. with these....
Here's the Wikipedia scoop on Wallace M. Rogerson. His time-keeping ability is not the best I've ever heard....
Update: Looks like there were six one-sided discs, altogether. Buster correctly notes that the drastic weight loss allegedly documented in the ad would be deadly, at least over such a short period.
DOWNLOAD: Wallace Reducing Record No. 3 and No. 4
Wallace M. Rogerson, narration with music, 1922
Additional pics. I'm fine without the booklet, after seeing a sample: