Cover of Dr. Harmon's Spanish System of Physical Culture for Ladies

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Title

Cover of Dr. Harmon's Spanish System of Physical Culture for Ladies

Description

Ephemeral publications often provide more-nuanced pictures of American culture and life. Images of women have commonly been featured in product advertisements and large collections of medical ephemera. A champion in this special genre of women’s diseases is the Lydia Pinkham Medicine Company. The firm produced more than one hundred booklets on various subjects, which would be expected to be of interest to women, such as on cooking, picnics, and beauty tips. Similar to most medical ephemeral publications, Dr. L.C. Harmon published his intricate formula for women’s health as a panacea for all women’s medical ailments. With alluring before and after snapshots of women, The Spanish System claims the formula for maintaining the symmetrical proportions of body parts, molded after the beauty of Spanish women. Dr. Harmon’s booklet may be one of the earliest forms of American women alternating their physicals looks in the name of beauty.

Date

1889

Format

Pamphlet

Type

Still Image