By Cory Doctorow at 11:13 pm Mon, Mar 9, 2009
NU-VIM (Aug, 1930)
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!
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.
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.
Loneliness has a long history…
Have you tried?
“Hey, no lawnmower!”
Alert me when someone invents the VIM (http://www.vim.org/) annihilator!
EMACS 4 EVER!
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.
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.
Well, that link didn’t work, so I’ll try again:
That must be one hell of a vibrator. They recommend purchasing a walking cane with it.
Anal beads are at least hundreds of years old. It is mentioned in the historical novel Shogun, which is set in 1600 or so.
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!
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!
You guys are more familiar with the form factor of anal beads rather than their scale and actual use, right?
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.
To a perv, everything seems like something else.
Holy crap, the Vermont Country Store has Grecian Formula for pubic hair! Oh, Internet, you’re still a cornucopia of delights.
My mom used one this very morning while waiting for eggs to boil :)
I dont like it, she loves it.
“Certainly better for you than sticking a string of beads up your ass.”
Rasz.. *sigh* I can’t even bring my self to make the appropiate joke..
Anyone want to jump in on this?
Ever read Choke by Chuck?
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.
Sometimes a back massager is just a back massager.
A lot of this milieu was wacky and quacky, but they also recommended:
Fruit and veggies
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.
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