Talk about having good vibrations. That’s how you’ll feel if you’re into antique vibrators at the Good Vibrations antique vibrator museum in San Francisco. You’ll learn that the first of such devices was made in 1869, difficult to move and marketed for use by spas and physicians for the treatment of ‘hysteria,’ which they viewed as the most common health complaint among women of the day.
The first battery-operated vibrator came in 1880 and it was during the turn of the century that vibrators began to be marketed as home appliances. Vibrators were widely advertised in household publications then and their ads were legendary, promoting such claims as ‘Relieves All Suffering. Cures Disease’ or the more subtle ‘Be A Glow Getter’. The rather impressive collection at this museum dates from the late 1800s up through the 1970s. Some sure look like egg beaters and rolling pins to me.