Decades of dieting delusions on display

Apparently, looking for a quick way to lose weight has been around for quite awhile. And ads that promise amazing results (like the one pictured) have been, too.

These bogus weight loss techniques sound “magical” – taking a salt bath, eating “bile beans” or shaking pounds off with an electric massage belt.

Now posters of these ads and a collection of old diet books will be on display for several months at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

This would be so fun to see, wouldn’t it?

Photo credit: The Advertising Archives


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