Universal System of the Ralston Health Club


Published by n.p.: Ralston Health Club, 1909
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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342 p. This is one of the publications of a movement in the U.S. that became known as Ralstonism, founded by a man named Webster Edgerly. It was a memership organization stressing the value of a prescribed form of excercise, a strict diet of raw and whole foods, etc. In 1900, Edgerly entered into a partnership with Purina Food Company, which was renamed Ralston Purina. Its products included Ralston cereals recommended by the club. At its peak, Ralstonism had about 800,000 members. Members advanced through a series of levels. Members gained points by purchasingf Ralston Health Club publications, among other things. Edgerly founded another organization, the Magnatism Club of America--members supposedly could learn how to control others' minds. Edgerly believed in the supremacy of the Caucasian race and the practice of eugenics and in "probationary marriage" by a young man with a woman of his grandmother's age, and a numbe of other and disparate things. He even invented his own language. He wrote some eighty-plus "self-help" books under the pen name Edmund Shaftsbury, and bought up land to start his own colony (it did not succeed and languishes today in ruined condition). [Much of this information is thanks to Wikipedia.] Red cloth hardcover, gold, silver, and black titles and decoration on spine, fine but for bumps at head and foot of spine and very light bumps to corners of cover; interior fine with firm hinges, paper is toned but crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 010816RH

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Title: Universal System of the Ralston Health Club

Publisher: n.p.: Ralston Health Club

Publication Date: 1909

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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