We recently found these ads for crazy vintage exercise gadgets, and now, thanks to The New Yorker, we have even more crazy documentation to add to the list: historical photographs of physical exertion. Mechanical tummy massages? Boxing with kangaroos? Swinging babies by their feet? Masquerade golf? Balancing on one leg while making the bed? Underwater ping pong? Yep, mankind has been there.
Oh man, the 80s were fun. Back then it was all beaches and smiles, lightweight soft drinks and squeaky clean advertising. Somewhere along the way, the message was corrupted, and the beach bunny actresses and guitar shredder actors of that golden era of naivety were forever tainted with the pastiche of their weird TV legacies.