Vibrators were used exclusively by doctors up until around 1900.

The first of such devices was made in 1869, when American physician George Taylor patented the first steam-powered massage and vibratory apparatus. Unfortunately, their use was exclusive — the units were costly to manufacture, difficult to move and marketed for use by spas and physicians only.

During the turn of the century, vibrators began to be marketed as home appliances.

So says Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum From Pinterest we learn that female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which today is no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. Since ancient times women considered to be suffering from hysteria would sometimes undergo “pelvic massage” — manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced “hysterical paroxysm” (orgasm). The history of sex toys can be traced back thousands of years to dildos made of stone or wood, but Queen says the museum is pegged strictly toward 20th century erotic instruments. [The Huffington Post]

Air Powered Vibrators

Air powered vibrators fall in to two categories, those that are powered by compressed air and those that are powerd by a vacuum. Both types are listed here. Click Image For A More Detailed View
Chas. A. Cyphers VIBRATOR

Chas. A. Cyphers

This was a doctors vibrator that probably dates from the 1890’s. Manufactured by Chas. A. Cyphers, Buffalo, New York, USA
The Globe Compressed Air Vibrator

The Globe Compressed Air Vibrator

Globe Manufacturing Co., Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

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