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.
KNEBWORTH, HERTS, UK 26 May 1959 (REUTERS)
LV Car arriving at beauty farm, Pelham Lodge Knebworth.
CU Girl out of car, walks to luggage boot
CU Taking luggage out of boot
SV Girl enters house
SV Girl greeted by Mrs. Costigan
CU Pan.. Girl holds cigarette, pan up to face
SV Mrs. Costigan takes down particulars etc
CU Mrs. Costigan removes cosmetics from Vanity case
CU Mrs. Costigan puts cosmetics in drawer
SV Girl steps on to scales
CU Scales read 10 stone 7 lbs.
CU Measuring bust
SV Ext... Mrs. Costigan exercising
CU Girl seated on grass kicking
CU Tilt Up... to girl seated receiving wax treatment
SV Girl receives face treatment
SV Girl having mask put on face
CU Having another mask put on face
SV Fixing hood onhead
CU Inserting vibrator
SV Pan.. From girl to electrical machine
SV Girl in foam bath
LV Assistant attends girl in bath
CU Girl taking drink
Sv tilt down... to girl receiving massage (friction)"
SV Girl's legs being massaged
SV Girls back being massaged
SV Girl being massaged by electrical suction
CU Follow shot... Food being taken to girl in bed
CU Girl eating meal
SV Girl receiving face massage
CU Ditto with vibrator
SV Girl receives body vibration treatment
CU Girl's head being vibrated
SV Girls run on to lawn
SV Girls exercising
CU Girl exercising
BV Girl exercising
LV Group seated, woman goes over and offers cigarette
CU Girl refuses cigarette
CU Another girl Ditto
CU Scales show 9 stone 8 lbs
SV Girl on scales, looking pleased
Background: 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.