This is the former PDA’s unique Spartacus. It was a special made football helmet adapted to train the neck in all directions.
Professor A P Schmidt claimed anyone could use his Automatic Exerciser. That you could not out grow it because the globe on the end could be filled to make it heavier and the bar the globe rested on could be adjusted in or out to change the difficulty of raising the Exerciser. This can be seen in the ads. He also included “Free of charge for a limited time only”, sound like today’s ads ?, “his new and improved Monarch Combination Bell.” There are four different weight adjustable bells.
One bell can be seen in the photo. This all sold for $ 15.00. There are ads very similar to the ones seen here in the 1910 issues of Physical Culture and The Saturday Evening Post Magazines. There were several models of the Automatic Exerciser over time.