Universal System of the Ralston Health Club
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
Title: Universal System of the Ralston Health Club
Publisher: n.p.: Ralston Health Club
Publication Date: 1909
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
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