WELLNESS
07/17/2014 02:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Photo Proves 'Get Thin Quick' Schemes Aren't New At All

Magic pills, quick slim-down plans and fitness gadgetry for the "lazy" litter the landscape -- from Dr. Oz's TV show to the banner ads on Facebook. And if we didn't know better, we might think they're a modern invention -- distortions of real, contemporary science or merely a sign of the cynical times.

So let us comfort ourselves in the knowledge that we come by this, shall we say, optimism honestly. Here's a photo of a midcentury model trying out the latest in "weight reducing" technology -- a mechanized belt meant to work out one's hips and buttocks muscles without bothering with exertion. Dream on, "Alaskan beauty" Terry Walker!

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Alaskan beauty Terry Walker using supposed weight reducing machine w. belts that encircle hips & buttocks.
(Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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