These strange 1917 photos were supposed to teach businessmen how to get in shape for success

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Impressive carriage and appearance are much needed by those who would succeed in the business world. Undeniably the reader who could appear before another man looking exactly like the illustration would secure his host’s attention instantly.
H. Irving Hancock, ‘Physical Training for Business Men’

These illustrations were created by photographer A.B Phelan to accompany H. Irving Hancock’s Physical Training for Business Men, a handbook of simple exercises designed to improve a man’s poise and appearance and give him a subtle advantage in the competitive marketplace. Read more…

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