Gaining weight.

I am trying to gain some weight this year and am drinking pure malt in place of coffee and tea. I stumbled on this 1934 ad for Kelp-a-Malt recently.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Neil says:

    Now, that’s funny! It never ceases to amaze me how culture can swing from one extreme to another.

  • OK Andrew – this is the Bob Roberts Texas formula for weight gain:
    1. Have shipped on hot ice a half gallon of Blue Bell Home Made Vanilla Ice- cream every day. Eat a third before breakfast, a third at lunch with half a cobber, and a third before bed with 17 sugar cookies.
    2. Lay gently on one side and don’t move all night – keep a slop jar near the bed so you don’t have to get up and walk – you might loose a few.
    3. If you eat it – deep fry – twice – meat, potatoes, vegetables – batter it up really good.
    4. Creamy, white, grease gravy – on at least two items a day.
    5. Keep a chocolate bar in your pocket at all times – never let it stay there over 3 hours.
    6. If you don’t loose weight – you’ve got some terminal disease – be grateful – eat a lot – die tall and skinny!

  • Meredith says:

    And now being called skinny is a compliment for women.

  • You could try to SuperSize Me at McD’s.

  • andrew says:

    thanks everyone. slop jar. bob? ok – lets do this Texas style. i do have stubbs bbq sauce on the shelf.

  • brad says:

    i think i need some kelp-a-malt tablets as they obviously improves one’s posture! still available?

  • Thanks for this; it is brill. We are going to make it into a poster.

  • Frank says:

    Texas weight gain is simple. BlueBell + pizza + Coca Cola. that’s all you need!

  • andrew says:

    thanks Frank. I actually do like Blue Bell vanilla and remember it fondly from when we lived there. didnt gain me any weight, however.

  • Nice find!
    If you’re really trying to gain weight then you would be better off doing things like protein shakes with whole milk along with a handful of nuts at every meal.
    This tips are more likely to give you healthy weight (muscle).
    Train Hard,
    Tony Schwartz
    Athletic Muscle Building

  • Bill says:

    I agree with Tony. That, and hard, heavy weight training to ensure all the added protein is added as muscle, not fat. Unless it’s fat that you want! Then, follow bob’s plan 🙂

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