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Edwin Ward Jackson. Jackson's Gymnastics for the Fingers and Wrist (1865)

Edwin Ward Jackson was one of those Victorian English gentlemen who felt confident to give his opinions about almost anything. In 1853 he delivered a series of lectures to the West Hartlepool Literary &Mechanics’ Institution on “The Social, Moral and Physical Progress of England during the Last Half Century.” He gained a wider audience with (to give it its full title) Jackson's gymnastics for the fingers and wrist, being a system of gymnastics, based on anatomical principles, for developing and strengthening the muscles of the hand; for musical, mechanical and medical purposes. Within a few years it had been translated into German and Danish and appeared in several American editions, all issued by music publishers.

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Exercise with wooden cylinders

 

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