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Exploring The History Of The Vibrator: The Hand Cranked

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The vibrator became available as consumer self-therapeutic home device in the 1900s, which, according to some historians, eliminated the need for doctors to administer treatment.5 This shift has been attributed to couple of reasons. Primarily, it was more cost effective for patients. Home vibrators were available for about $5 (which would be approximately $125 today), where the cost of treatment by physicians was between $2-3 per visit (approximately $50-75 today).5 Additionally, they were more accessible, could be used in private or with a spouse, and gave the user more control.6 Finally the increasing availability of home electricity in the beginning of the century contributed to the electromechanical vibrator’s popularity.6 The vibrator was the fifth home appliance to be electrified (preceded by the sewing machine, fan, teakettle, and toaster), preceding the vacuum and electric iron by about ten years!6 While this could be interpreted as greater social acceptability, some historians speculate it was a response to demand and necessity. Hand crank vibrators were popular in the early 1900’s for their lower cost and lack of need for a power source. The action is a plunging motion of the center disk at the end combined with a rotating eccentric weight. There were also applicators that would screw into the center disk. Click Image For A More Detailed View
MACAURA'S PULSOCON HAND VIBRATOR

Macaura’s Pulsocon Hand Vibrator

The action is a plunging motion of the center disk at the end combined with a rotating eccentric weight. There were also applicators that would screw into the center disk. Marked Pat. applied for, Serial No. 6681. Could be from as early as the early 1880’s or as late as about 1900.
Macaura's Blood Circulator

Macaura’s Blood Circulator

Originally sold as the Macaura’s Pulsocon and later renamed the Macaura’s Blood Circulator. The action is a plunging motion of the center disk at the end. There were also applicators that would screw into the center disk. British patent 13932, I am unsure of the year this patent was issued due to complexities in the British patent numbering system. Some evidence suggests as early as the mid 1880’s and other information suggests as late as the early 1900’s. This model was probably on the market until as late as 1920. Made by The British Appliances Manufacturing Company.
Gyro-Lator

VEEDEE Vibrator

The Veedee is an eccentric weight based vibrator. By loosening a nut the offset of the spinning weight can be adjusted thus controlling the magnitude of the vibration. This vibrator serial number 58199, c1906 came in a complete set with a plush lined case and a variety of applicators. Made by J.E. Garratt, 96 Southwark Street, London S.E.
Dr. Johansen's Auto Vibrator

Dr. Johansen’s Auto Vibrator

Pat’d March 5, 1907, Made by KNY-Sheerer Co. New York.  
The

The “Vibro-Life”

Serial number 9651, pat’d December 1st, 1908, Made by Eureka Vibrator Co., 1283 Broadway, New York.  
Vibrako Blood Circulator

Vibrako Blood Circulator

The Vibrako Blood Circulator is based on the design of the Macauras Blood Circulator and has been modified to make it quieter in operation. It was patented on April 28, 1914 by William Francis Lay. This example is marked patent pending so that would date it to 1913, shortly before the patent was issued.  
Woody

Woody

Here we have three variations of a wood encased vibrator. The label plates all say “Made in Japan” and give a manufacturer in the form of a trade mark symbol. I have been told the term “Made in Japan” would not have been used until 1922 and I don’t expect this model would have survived on the market into the depression so I date these from the 1920’s.  

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Exploring The History Of The Vibrator: The Electric Story

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Electromechanical vibrators were first used in medicine in 1878 and were available as a consumer product by 1900. The vibrator was the 5th home appliance to be electrified. It was preceded by the sewing machine, fan, teakettle, and the toaster. It would be another ten years before the electric vacuum, iron, and frying pan became available as consumer products.

Electric vibrators powered by A.C. electric power are by far the most common vintage vibrators to be found. About 80% of my collection fall into this category and I have many interesting examples yet to be added to this site.

I have been trying to decide how to organize the collection for display. Initially I am trying to present a timeline of styling from 1900 to the present day. After the basic timeline is established I will work on timelines for the major manufactures.

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Barker Universal Portable Vibrator

Barker Universal Portable Vibrator

The Barker Universal Portable Vibrator, serial number 18019. This one was manufactured abound 1906 by James Baker, Inc., Sixth and Cayuga Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Try-New-Life

Try-New-Life

The Try-New-Life is a name variant used by Hamilton Beach. The Try-New-Life name was used on several Hamilton Beach models, this one is based on the Type C. I believe this one dates from the 1920’s. Manufactured by the Hamilton-Beach Manufacturing company, Racine, Wisconsin, USA.

 

Gyro-Lator

Gyro-Lator

I know very little about this one. It’s GYRO-LATOR serial no. 2349 Manufactured by the GYRO-LATOR division of an unknown company in Chicago Illinois.

 

Vibro-Electra

Vibro-Electra

The Vibro-Electra massage unit is British made and I am guessing it to date from the 1930’s. Runs on A.C.200/50 Volts.

 

Bronze Figural

Bronze Figural

I don’t know much about this one. I Have not been able to date it yet and figure it could date any where from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Manufactured by. TIAN RAIN ENTERPRISE. LTD.

 

Rolex 3 minute masseur

Rolex 3 minute masseur

The “Rolex 3 minute masseur” is a high end home vibrator from the mid 1930’s. It sold in Department Stores and Specialty Shops. Power required is 110 Volts A.C. Manufactured by Weston Schramm Manufacturing Co. New York, New York, USA

 

Gilbert No.12 Golden-Glo Vitalator

Gilbert No.12 Golden-Glo Vitalator

The 24 kt. gold-plated No.12 Golden-Glo Vitalator was Gilbert’s top of the line model in the mid fifties and sold for $24.95. Power required is 30 Watts, 115 Volts A.C. or D.C., Manufactured by A.C. Gilbert Co., New Haven, Conn., USA

 

Miracle Ball-Grip Massager

Miracle Ball-Grip Massager

It’s the Miracle Ball-Grip Massager Model No 140A. My best guess is that it dates from the 1950’s. Power is 120 Volt A.C. Only. Manufactured by the Miracle Electric Company, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

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  • Hand Crank
  • Air Powered &
  • Battery Powered

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