|Photo, c. 1940, of Tom Haywood and his celebrated Kicking Machine.|
|The Kicking Machine and a well-dressed devotee.|
|Mr. Haywood gives a practical demonstration.|
Ever the promoter, Haywood soon made the Kicking Machine the "Home Office" of The Self Kicking Club of America. The club issued membership booklets -
membership certificates -
and membership cards.
A club that charged no dues and never met, it soon had hundreds of members across the county and in foreign lands.
Tom Haywood died in 1955 but the Kicking Machine lived on beside his store in Croatan. Eventually it was retired and replaced with a replica. The original machine now resides at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. We'll close with the last line from the membership booklet - "Here's hoping that you may get an opportunity to use the original machine some day if you so desire. -Tom Haywood."