Chicago: [Dr. M. Sayle Taylor Hygienic Orificial Co., 1928]. First edition. OCLC records no copies. Booklet titles are Natural Birth Control and Predetermination of Sex, How to Know Your Affinity: A Study of Glands, Facts for Wives: Plain Truths about Marriage, and Sex Knowledge for Children: A Parent’s Duty to the Child. Envelope chipped at edges. Booklets are bright and clean. A very good set of rare women’s health guides originating from the hugely lucrative radio quack industry of the early-to-mid twentieth century. Original paper wrappers in blue, green, orange, and buff. Enclosed in the original envelope titled in blue. Four booklets (4” x 6 ”). 24 pp. (each of three booklets) and 16 pp. (one booklet). Item #17050
Marion Sayle Taylor was a radio host, quack doctor, and patent medicine salesman. His CBS radio show commanded a wide audience, and Taylor received between ten and twenty thousand letters a week. He “treated” these patients in bulk by prescribing expensive patent medicine for common symptoms. Taylor’s fellow radio hucksters included astrologers, matchmakers, and many other quacks. These stars sidestepped the FDA and FTC by setting up transmitters in northern Mexico, where the United States government had no jurisdiction, and broadcast at up to a million watts — about two hundred times the reach of radio broadcasts on US soil. Taylor devotes plenty of pages to his slightly esoteric ideas about matchmaking and pregnancy. In How to Know Your Affinity, he proposes that every person can be sorted into one of eight categories named after various glands (pituitary, adrenal, etc.) that indicate one’s appearance and character. Certain categories necessarily attract or repel each other, and the ideal match is found in two people who naturally attract one another. The author also posits in Natural Birth Control and Predetermination of Sex that parents can control the sex of a child by conceiving under “male” or “female” moons, which correspond to specific days of the month.
Fowler, Gene. Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics... (2010) pp. 7-9. Also see “Man of the People,” Reply All (podcast) episode 86 (January 18, 2017).