“FASTEST Health, Strength
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Charles. Health and strength. New York:
Charles Atlas Ltd., [ca. 1940]. 8vo (28 cm, 11"). 13 newsletters; illus.
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Early printing of Atlas's famed “Dynamic Tension” mail-order
program for turning 97-pound weaklings into models of physical perfection: Thecomplete
set of 12 lessons plus an accompanying final “perpetual
daily practice” plan. Each pamphlet contains a description of the exercises,
and nine of them incorporate a leaf ofphotographs
of Atlas himself demonstrating their
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Publisher's light blue textured paper wrappers, folded and stapled
as issued; front covers numbered in pencil, edges of all and front wrapper
of pamphlet 1 browned, some front wrappers with spots of foxing from opposing
staples. Final plan with lower page edges slightly ragged. Condition solid
Uncommon in this complete 13-pamphlet state.
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