Barrel Exerciser Rolls Away Fat (Nov, 1939)

Barrel Exerciser Rolls Away Fat
Excess fat on any part of the body can be removed easily with a novel electric massaging barrel, according to the manufacturer. Supported by a metal frame, the barrel, fitted with closely-spaced wooden rollers free to turn, is rotated by a small electric motor that operates on 110 volts A.C. or D.C. Users may sit on the device, lean back against it, straddle it, or lean forward over it, depending on the part of the body to be massaged. Three separate actions are claimed for it: a massage action to stimulate the skin and rub away dead surface tissue, a rolling action to break down fat tissue, and a vibratory action to tone up the system generally.

  1. lwatcdr says: July 15, 20067:33 pm

    Notice that she is smoking in the second picture? Why do the think this could have been very popular.

  2. Stannous says: July 15, 20068:30 pm

    These were pretty popular in gymnasiums and health spas through the 1950s. Doubt of the home version ever really caught on but it is just one in a very long line of spurious easy-cure devices for slimming the thighs and butt.

  3. Trey says: July 17, 200612:54 pm

    I think a lot of people smoke after doing what she’s just done.

  4. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 15, 20102:13 am

    This particular “exercise” machine had to be “for females only” – as a man, all I can say would be “ouch”; but ladies, carry on, carry on!

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