Item #17662 The Health and Happiness Club. [Cover title.] [A Service for the Mother-to-be and the Baby-to-come.]. Women's health, Josephine Hemenway Kenyon.
The Health and Happiness Club. [Cover title.] [A Service for the Mother-to-be and the Baby-to-come.]
The Health and Happiness Club. [Cover title.] [A Service for the Mother-to-be and the Baby-to-come.]
The Health and Happiness Club. [Cover title.] [A Service for the Mother-to-be and the Baby-to-come.]

The Health and Happiness Club. [Cover title.] [A Service for the Mother-to-be and the Baby-to-come.]

New York: Good Housekeeping, [1935]. Third printing? Date from publisher’s mark on verso of first “Letter” (12-35). All printings are rare: OCLC records only two copies of a 1920 printing (Harvard, the Strong) and two copies of a 1932 printing (Harvard, the Center for Research Library in Illinois). These eight “Letters” comprise the first series; a second series, The Baby’s First Year, was also issued. The full set of eight “Letters,” each [4] pp., written for Good Housekeeping by Dr. Josephine Hemenway Kenyon with information for mothers on pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. Some toning to a few leaves and creasing to the postcard. Enclosed in an envelope addressed from Good Housekeeping at the Hearst Magazine Building to Mrs. Lloyd S. Williams in Waite, Maine (postmarked April 1937). A very good set of rare ephemera. Brown printed paper folder enclosing the eight “Letters.” Disbound, as issued, with punched holes in each leaf for compilation in a binder. Three items laid in: instructional sheet on sewing baby clothes (laid in to third “Letter,” as issued), order postcard for the second series of The Health and Happiness Club (left blank), and Good Housekeeping-issued card for recording a baby’s health information (also left blank). 9 x 6 ”. [36] pp. Item #17662

Dr. Josephine Hemenway Kenyon, M.D. (1880 – 1965) received her undergraduate degree from Pritchett College in Missouri in 1898 and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1904, one of only three women in her class. Kenyon trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for a year and the Babies’ Hospital in New York City for six years before opening her private practice, which she maintained until 1950. She also taught courses on childcare and social hygiene at the Columbia University Teachers College, helped organize the first International Conference of Women Doctors in 1919, and wrote the extremely popular manual Healthy Babies are Happy Babies (1934). Kenyon was a contributor of articles on childcare and women’s health to Good Housekeeping for thirty years.

“Josephine Hemenway Kenyon Collection” (webpage). Johns Hopkins Chesney Archives.

Price: $350.00