Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

September 22, 1932

On September 22, 1932, the Atlanta Daily World published a “Beauty Hint” from Madame Qui Vive which suggested that “abdominal fat can be ironed away.” “There’s an old fashioned formula for getting rid of adipose tissue that has settled on the tummy, and it’s a good one,” the article advised. “All you need is a cannon ball to roll upon yourself. A nice idea, but fancy a frantic fat lady toddling to a munition factory to buy herself such a dainty little beauty aid...Let the cannon ball go; there is a good substitute. The electric iron will serve.”

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