• Creator
  • Crampton, C. Ward (Charles Ward), 1877-1964
  • Created Date
  • 1935-1937
  • Publisher
  • Boys' Life (The Boy Scouts of America)
    Springfield College
  • Description
  • This order form is for Charles Ward Crampton's "Keeping Physically Fit" column in the Boy Scout's Boys' Life magazine, which he wrote from 1934 to 1937. The top left corner has a picture, hand-drawn by Crampton, of a stick figure riding the globe. The top right corner has the National Jamboree Boy Scouts of America insignia. Toward the bottom is a message from Crampton (see text), his signature, and his portrait on the right. The backside is b... more
    This order form is for Charles Ward Crampton's "Keeping Physically Fit" column in the Boy Scout's Boys' Life magazine, which he wrote from 1934 to 1937. The top left corner has a picture, hand-drawn by Crampton, of a stick figure riding the globe. The top right corner has the National Jamboree Boy Scouts of America insignia. Toward the bottom is a message from Crampton (see text), his signature, and his portrait on the right. The backside is blank, with places to write the enclosed money amount, name, address, suggestions, and a listing of articles available to order. Crampton (May 26, 1877- 1964) was a physician, medical researcher, and teacher. Born in New York City, he attended the College of the City of New York, New York University, and in 1900 graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. His major contributions to the medical field include work with geriatrics and gerontology, adolescent hygiene and physical fitness, posture, and blood pressure and circulatory systems. He created what is today known as the Crampton Test for Fatal Shock, which measures the physical condition and resistance of one’s pulse and blood pressure in the resting and standing positions. Crampton was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Reserve and acted as Special Adviser to the U.S. Department of the East during World War I. Crampton was a vocal advocate of preventative medicine and the maintenance of a personal medical record by individuals, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Physical Fitness through the Federal Security Agency, Chairman of the Committee on the Health of Adolescents, and the chairman for the sub-committee on Geriatrics and Gerontology through the medical society of New York County. In addition, he founded the Aristogenic Association, which he describes as: “While Eugenics and Kakogenics are generally understood to refer respectively to consideration of good and evil in the sphere of Genetics, Aristogenics refers to the best.” For his regular Boys' Life column, boy scouts from across the country wrote to Crampton with questions about physical fitness (e.g. diet, exercise, stretching, sport strategies and techniques, growth and development). Crampton’s vast knowledge of adolescent life and health contributed to his column's success, and in 1941 he received the Silver Buffalo reward for his distinguished service to youth. Boys' Life magazine, founded by George S. Barton of Somerville, Massachusetts in 1911, still circulates today. In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America purchased the magazine for $6,000 (one dollar per subscriber). Boys' Life was marketed toward older boys, providing purchasing guides for cars, MP3 players, digital cameras, sunglasses, and more. Along with a regular fitness section added in 2005, they feature video game reviews, technology, book reviews, adventure stories, environmental issues, sports, history, and comics. There is a duplicate (ms510-01-b-01-09-002). Both are in excellent condition, although the duplicate has a few minor creases along the top edge. less
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