Publisher Philadelphia Croft and Allen Company 1904
Seller ID 006016
12mo. 12.5 by 7.5 cm.  pp. Pictorial wrappers, 16 color litho illustrations showing how various exercises are done. The sixteen exercises described are ones we are told were "approved of by a jury of experts". They are mostly vigorous stretches, and they touch on virtually all body parts, including the feet, the trunk, the hands, etc. This scarce brochure (no copies on OCLC) was a promotion for a chocolate and breakfast food (breakfast cocoa) manufacturer. The fact that it is also promoting physical culture might seem an odd initiative for a chocolate company, but certainly one that has become well-worn by breakfast food brands. The final eight pages and the inside rear wrap are devoted to Croft and Allen products, with a chromo image of a Swiss Milk Chocolate box on the inside wrap, and a color illustration of the company's large factory on the rear cover. The manual is a comparatively early specimen of physical culture literature, at least in terms of its seeking to reach a wider audience. Condition: tiny corner chip, front wrap. Otherwise, light wear.