1920’s– “MORE WAYS TO BETTER ONE’S MIND IN THE COLONY”
Last week, readers discovered that Kenya colonists could avail themselves of an Oxford education through the mails. But an invitation to enroll at Oxford wasn’t the only way to improve the mind. Ads regularly appeared for Pelmanism, a program to develop the brain itself.
The ad stated, “The brain of a genius is to all appearances no larger than that of an idiot.” But “if it were possible to roll out flat the convolutions of a successful man’s brain it would measure quite twice the extent of an untrained brain. And it is the convolutions that count.”
The Pelman system claimed to increase the “powerful pulsations of blood to the cerebral arteries.” The result: the user would have better memory, be a quicker thinker, have less “brain fag” and would be a “success.”
Both men and women were encouraged to take advantage of the reduced War Fee rate of 50 rupees marked down from 75 rupees. And to avoid the delay of receiving books and materials, the Standard was provided with numerous copies of “prospectuses” and “initial lesson books.”
Perhaps one should try this before tackling those Oxford courses?
Quotes and images taken from The East African Standard, December 13, 1920
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