Through Manhattan's Grand Central Palace last week crowded 20,000 of the nation's beauty-shop operators to inspect their trade's new tools. What they saw made some of them wonder if they hadn't wandered by mistake into a house of Procrustean horror.

In booth after booth, shapely models were mechanically whacked, pounded and rolled about. Among the exhibits: a coin-operated (50¢), bedlike "Massage-O-Mat" for pummeling the body; a "Mac-Levy Leg Massager" for streamlining legs and thighs; chairs called "Gyro-Lators," with vibrating cushions and foot rests to slim down hips and titillate the soles of the feet. The beauticians had a deep interest in...

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