Friday, November 03, 2017

Mae West: Logan Clendening

On Friday, 3 November 1933, "the MAE WEST figure" was being discussed by physicians in newspaper columns such as this one from Rockland County, NY.
• • Appeal for Every Member of the Family • •
• • Readers Write to Ask How They May Acquire the Mae West Figure • •
• • Even Christmas Dolls Are Plumper This Season • •
• • Dr. Logan Clendening States Return to Curves in Feminine Form Is Healthful, Excepting the "Wasp Waist" • •
• • Written by Logan Clendening, M.D.
• • Requests are coming in from all over the country for methods of obtaining the fashionable Mae West figure.
• • "Will it do me harm to acquire this type of figure?" ask my correspondents. "And what methods of exercise, breathing, etc. are advisable?"
• • I wish to say first that these requests are addressed to the right place.  I was brought up on the Mae West figure and I never saw any other kind of figure until I was over 21 and had cast my first vote.
• • I can say with the greatest personal conviction that it is my ideal of the feminine figure; that I am very glad that I am able to advise people how to obtain it rather than to obtain the slab-sided examples of what have been supposed to be feminine beauty ever since. “Come up and see me some time” — — any time — — and I will tell you all about it.
• • The Mae West kind of a figure • •
• • The first and most important thing that should be settled about It is whether It will be healthful or not. Every time there is a new rage of feminine fashion, a number of people are certain to say that the clothes are unhealthy and cause deformities. The principal charge in the old days against the Mae West figure was the tight lacing, which was supposed to produce disease of the liver.  . . .
• • Source: Column (page 11) in the Journal News [Nyack, NY] written by Logan Clendening, M.D.; published on Friday, 3 November 1933.
• • On 3 November 2007 in Germany • •
• • Rita McBride's event on her Mae West sculpture, "Mae West and the Hyperbolic Parabola," was in Germany at the Galerie Klueser from 14 September 2007 through 3 November 2007, the final date. The enormous art work now stands on a traffic island not far from this art gallery.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper will appear in one picture each per year.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Honey, I've always got a new trick. Come up and see me sometime, and bring an old dog with you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West — — The world's most publicized woman" • •
• • Lent's Music Store (116 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY) was excited about Mae West on November 3rd.
• • Mae West's new Brunswick Phonograph Records — — "I'm No Angel," "I Found a New Way to Go to Town," "I Want You, I Need You," "They Call Me Sister Honky-Tonk" all sung by Mae West!
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Friday, 3 November 1933
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3824th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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