Quack back massager from 1930


25 Responses to “Quack back massager from 1930”

  1. rasz says:

    My mom used one this very morning while waiting for eggs to boil :)
    I dont like it, she loves it.

  2. AirPillo says:

    I’ve used a back massager like that before. It was made of wood.

    It didn’t exactly feel more than a little bit pleasant.

  3. IamInnocent says:

    Loneliness has a long history…

  4. arkizzle says:

    Certainly better for you than sticking a string of beads up your ass.

    [citation needed]


  5. reginald says:


    Have you tried?

  6. zuzu says:

    “Hey, no lawnmower!”

  7. jso says:

    Alert me when someone invents the VIM (http://www.vim.org/) annihilator!


  8. Crunchbird says:

    Indeed, I call shenanigans on both the usage of the term “quack” (it is and does exactly what it claims) and the suggestion that this particular massager has any relationship to anal beads other than a rough similarity of form.

  9. arkizzle says:

    Rasz.. *sigh* I can’t even bring my self to make the appropiate joke..

    Anyone want to jump in on this?

  10. Kevin Kenny says:

    Because of the Comstock Act, these things couldn’t be labeled as what they were. You see a lot of ads from the period touting vibrators as neck massagers or complexion aids – check out the picture of the Ash Flash at http://www.vibratormuseum.com/battery/index.html – the instruction guide, with the picture of the lady doing her face with her vibrator, is now a hilarious period piece.

  11. Toast says:

    This reminds me:

    Why are they selling vibrators in the Vermont Country Store catalog?


    It’s as if Paul Harvey were doing a commercial for a gay bath house.

  12. robulus says:


    That must be one hell of a vibrator. They recommend purchasing a walking cane with it.

  13. Snig says:

    A lot of this milieu was wacky and quacky, but they also recommended:
    Fruit and veggies
    Whole Grains
    Smoking Cessation
    Decades before the medical establishment realized the benefits.
    I am not touting the benefits of the device in question, but parts of the physical culture movement was actually ahead of its time.

  14. prunk says:

    Ever read Choke by Chuck?

  15. UncommonSense says:

    To a perv, everything seems like something else.

  16. trr says:

    Sometimes a back massager is just a back massager.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Anal beads are at least hundreds of years old. It is mentioned in the historical novel Shogun, which is set in 1600 or so.

  18. Halloween Jack says:

    Holy crap, the Vermont Country Store has Grecian Formula for pubic hair! Oh, Internet, you’re still a cornucopia of delights.

  19. Uncle Geo says:

    My friend Bob McCoy created the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, perhaps the largest collections of these things anywhere. Since Bob’s retirement the collection now resides at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He has a website at:


    One of my favorites is the “Stimulator” or “Crystaldyne Pain Reliever”:

    “The Stimulator is essentially an electric gas barbecue grill igniter outfitted with finger grips. When pressed against the skin, the devices sparks and causes a small electric shock. Makers of the device claim it can relieve headaches, back pain, arthritis, stress, menstrual cramps, earaches, sinus, nosebleeds, flu and other ailments. ”

    And you’ll have to go there for info on the “Timely Warning”: “PREVENTS NIGHT EMISSIONS BY AROUSING THE WEARER”

    Many are marvels of wood, glass and metal -a Steampunkers delight!

  20. Uncle_Max says:

    I just drove past that address in Philly this weekend. I wasn’t specifically looking for the Nu-Vim Appliance Co., but I’m fairly certain it’s no longer located there.

    The bottom must have fallen out of the Exhilarator market.

  21. chris says:


    You can ctrl-meta-alt-triplebackwardsbucky-s t f u emacs-lover!
    This shows that vim is the superior technology…
    it can even massage your back!

  22. Kaden says:

    You guys are more familiar with the form factor of anal beads rather than their scale and actual use, right?

  23. Anonymous says:

    C’mon Cory, this is classic (circa 1980) ad copy, like the Consumer’s Distributing ‘Personal Massager’ for ‘deep muscle stimulation’

    In short, this is a sneaky but legal way to advertise their real use!

  24. buddy66 says:

    I don’t know how ”quack” this is; could have some relaxing and toning value. Certainly better for you than sticking a string of beads up your ass.

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