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    A day of life on Britain's first Beauty Farm, where women can lose a stone in weight by diet, exercise and electric massage, was filmed May 26 by VISNEWS at Pelham Lodge, Knebworth, Hertfordshire.

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    A day of life on Britain's first Beauty Farm, where women can lose a stone in weight by diet, exercise and electric massage, was filmed May 26 by VISNEWS at Pelham Lodge, Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
    On arrival at the secluded country mansion clients are welcomed by the staff.
    Inside, Mrs. Leida Costigan, an Estonian who runs the Farm, takes particulars.
    Formalities include the confiscation of cosmetics - strictly forbidden because they prevent the skin from breathing.
    Newcomer on the day of filming, a well-dressed young woman, tipped the scales at
    st 7lbs. Once weighed - the beauty course begins.
    In the spacious garden, rhythmic dancing is in progress. Afterwards, a wax bath helps tone up the skin and remove some of the unwanted inches. Face and neck massage by electricity brings new life to the blood system.
    By the end of the week, after a diet of hot water and lemon juice the first 24 hours and then eggs, steak, spinach, salads, black coffee, and a little fruit - the client again steps on the scales. This time a stone lighter.
    Beauty clients - eight are taken each week - are offered a cigarette on "graduation". Although several smoked before, the course has taken away any desire to do so now - and Mrs. Costigan's offer is met with refusal.
    Beauty is big business down on the Farm. A fortnight's course costs fifty guineas - but the glamour-hungry clients feel it is well worth the price. In fact Mrs. Costigan who trained in Vienna and Paris, has a waiting list for the course.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE8ANNG5FBXDGKBQ1KDMGG76E5
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8ANNG5FBXDGKBQ1KDMGG76E5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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