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How to succeed in business

Feb 20, 2014

In the earliest days of Kiwanis history, altruism defeated commercialism as the organization’s purpose. Still, club rosters often were built of community business leaders. And aspiring community business leaders. Advertisers saw potential profits within this target group and purchased plenty of pages in Kiwanis magazine to lure readers with promises of personal achievement. Such as:

Learn law in your home.

Learn law at home advertisement

Impress your boss by mastering the French language.

 French language advertisement

Trim your waistline.

Trim your waistline 

Increase your brain power with “Scientific Mind Training.”

 Scientific Mind Training

Boost productivity with the Rotospeed duplicator

Rotospeed duplicator advertisement 

Remington’s quiet typewriter


The “perfect writing instrument,” the Inkograph (for just US$1.50).

 Inkograph pen advertisement

Among the most prominent ads during the 1920s and ’30s were those that addressed humankind’s most common phobia: public speaking. Catch lines portrayed the shame of bumbling mumblers:

A man recalls a party where guests-filled the room with lively conversation while he sat in a corner encased in a block of ice. “I turned to ice when I tried to talk,” he recalls. “But now I can sway an audience of thousands!”

 Public speaking advertisement

“Now I understand why we never have anything. It was your big chance and you never opened your mouth.”

Now I understand why we never have anything 

Other promotions were a bit more positive: “They snickered when I got up to speak, but from the first word, I held them spellbound.”
Public speaking advertisement

We hoped you enjoyed these advertisements from the early years of Kiwanis magazine.