n.p. but probably Santa Barbara: Publisher: [Dr. R.A. Richardson?], ca. 1935. Single sheet folded to create -page leaflet measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (215 x 140 mm) when folded. Rare leaflet for a series of lectures on health by Dr. Hazel P. Rogalsky, "staff lecturer" for Dr. R.A. Richardson, a Kansas City huckster who peddled fraudulent medical cures. The lectures were scheduled to take place at the Masonic Temple in Santa Barbara on October 1-2. The leaflet doesn't give the year, but we estimate ca. 1935 based on California newspaper advertisements for other lectures by Rogalsky. Her lectures were billed as "a complete course in mothercraft, home and health." Most of the lectures dealt with food and health, but one concerned "Why Men Leave Home," with Rogalsky giving advice on "how to hold that man." According to a newspaper article, Rogalsky believed that "the health of the mother in the home is the first essential in the security of that home." (Santa Ana Register, November 16, 1935, page 3.) Anyone reading this leaflet would have noticed a stark contradiction: The first page says the lectures are free. Yet the final page says, "If you are not perfectly satisfied with the course of instruction after attending all classes tell me the last evening of the class and I will refund your money." We think we know what's going on here because of a Minnesota case involving a woman who, like Rogalsky, was a "lecturer" for Dr. R.A. Richardson. In that case, the woman gave some free lectures, followed by a course in which she charged a fee. During the course, she sold "certain products or concoctions," according to the court. The woman, Vivi Ann Mielke, was charged with selling hormone tablets and practicing medicine without a license. The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld her conviction in 1938. In 1939, the federal government caught up with Richardson. He, his wife and another person pleaded guilty to mislabeling products and making fraudulent claims about their effectiveness. They paid fines of $240. As for Rogalsky, we find no evidence that she got into trouble with the law. However, it seems likely she was doing the same thing as her Minnesota counterpart: giving "free" lectures followed by a paid course in which she promoted products of Dr. R.A. Richardson. OCLC shows no institutional holdings. None in commerce. RARE. Item #2258
CONDITION: Light edge wear, small stain on final page seeping through to other pages. About Very Good.