The attached picture shows a person
sleeping in a manner recommended by Bernarr Macfadden in his famous
“Encyclopedia of Physical Culture”, Volume 1 (of five), 1924 (Chapter
II, “How to Keep Healthy”). The person’s bed is situated in a window,
opening onto a balcony, with the head immersed in fresh air and the
body sheltered somewhat from the cold and elements by remaining indoors.
While Macfadden was thinking here of
guarding against asphyxiation by one’s own exhalations, laden as they
are with CO2, this set up could just as well serve the typical Aroid
Society member worried about the dangers of sleeping in the same
darkened room as an Anthurium or even (for daring risk-takers) a large
In his prime, mainly from about 1920
to 1935, Macfadden was widely followed in the U.S. and elsewhere and
became quite wealthy by publishing fare such as this.
Best regards and wishes of good health