[New York]: Paul von Boeckmann, 41 Union Square, [ca. 1903]. First edition? Original self-wrappers, 6.75 x 4.88 inches,  pages, wire stitched. Illus. Worn, somewhat creased, original staples rusted; a good, sound copy. Item #20524
A promotional pamphlet from the deep-breathing strong man and editor of VIM, advertising right breathing with a series of courses of physical exercise and respiratory conditioning with von Boeckmann’s patent Pneumauxetor device. The courses available include a $15 series of courses in diaphragmatic breathing, psychic breathing (intended to broaden the shoulders), tonic exercises, muscle building, hints on diet—and of course, a Pneumauxetor. Includes photos of his child Thelma, “the three-year-old physical marvel,” with a 67-1/2-pound kettle ball: “She owes her strength and health to the Pneumauxetor—Fresh Air—Sunshine and Play.” OCLC notes a ca. 1900 pamphlet with a similar title (at UCLA and Rochester) published while von Boeckmann was a 500 Madison Ave. The publication date here inferred from census data, which notes Thelma’s birth in 1900 in Washington, D.C.