Letters | Pilates History Research

A letter to Joseph Pilates from a performer at Jacob’s Pillow. Photo first shared on February 25, 2022.

Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter

A letter to Joseph Pilates in regard to the V-Bed, from Dorothy Paschal. Photo first shared on February 25, 2022.

Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter

Letters from Clara Pilates to Carola Trier

Over the years, Clara Pilates and Carola Trier exchanged a series of letters by mail. Photos first shared on February 25, 2022.

Joseph Pilates Memo Clara Pilates Carola Trier
Joseph Pilates Memo Clara Pilates Carola Trier

This letter from Frederick Rand Rogers was sent along with what is now known as “The Pilates Pamphlet,” on sale here: https://cathystrack.com/store. The Pilates Pamphlet includes the client list as well.

Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter
Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter

Ralph Hollander was Joseph Pilates’ legal representative. Here is a letter he sent out, promoting the idea of setting up a Pilates Foundation for Physical Fitness. This foundation did come to fruition but was never completely realized, as relations between Joseph Pilates and the members of the Foundation soured over time. Through additional letters and correspondence between foundation members, we know that the Foundation ended due to Joe’s lack of trust and of cancelling activities.

Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter
Carola Trier Frederick Rand Rogers Letter

The images shared here are research photos taken by Elaine Ewing at the Library for the Performing Arts.

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