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Shoulder straightening with towel by A.B. Phelan

Shoulder straightening with towel by A.B. Phelan


American author Harrie Irving Hancock believed “correct carriage and wide-awake, impressive appearance” were the keys to success and could be produced with proper physical exercises. Each illustration is carefully photographed to make “every movement plain to the beholder,” wrote Hancock, adding that the practitioner will achieve “masculine poise” in the way he “walks, talks, and meets others.” Forgotten today, the enormously prolific Hancock wrote mostly boy’s adventure tales.



  • Series title: Physical Training for Businessmen
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarantee proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Photography
  • Artwork materials:  Photographic paper
  • Contract Address: 0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e
  • ID: 2749212597480566...



Hancock singles out the “amazing photographic record of the model’s performances” by photographer A.B. Phelan, about whom very little is known. “The method of making these unique examples of camera work is Mr. Phelan’s own invention now first set before readers,” Hancock proudly declared. It’s not clear if slow shutter speeds alone account for the ghostly trails of each movement or if some trails were enhanced in the darkroom afterward. Hancock insists they are “the nearest approach possible to a moving picture on a single plate.”



  • Historical curatorship: HARI - Historical Art Research Institute (HARI Editions)
  • Artwork: A.B. Phelan
  • Year of original publication: 1917
  • Post-production: HARI - Historical Art Research Institute (HARI Editions)
  • Digital art supervisor: Marie-Lou Desmeules
  • Editorial: Braden Phillips
  • Historical research: Evangelos Rosios, Braden Phillips
  • Executive production: Victor Zabrockis



  • Source of artwork: Internet Archive / Library of Congress
  • Underlying work rights: PD U.S.
  • Digital copyrights: No Additional Rights