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From the 'Pulsocon Blood Circulator' to the 'Hollywood Vibra-Tone': Sex toy museum displays fascinating antique vibrators originally designed to treat 'hysteria'

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  • From the 'Pulsocon Blood Circulator' to the 'Hollywood Vibra-Tone': Sex toy museum displays fascinating antique vibrators originally designed to treat 'hysteria'

    Today they are sex toys, but in years gone by they were seen as a treatment for women’s ‘hysteria’.

    Welcome to San Francisco’s Antique Vibrator Museum which, as well as revealing the controversial past of the devices, displays dozens of antique vibrators, dating from the late 1800s through to the 1970s.

    The museum explains that the electric vibrator ‘had its inception in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor’, with the device ‘designed as a medical tool for treating "female disorders”’.

    Later adverts for them began appearing in home catalogues, though the reason why women might want one was only ever hinted at.

    Instead, the museum says, they were coyly promoted as having health and beauty benefits. One advert read that they ‘make you fairly tingle with the joy of living’.

    Here MailOnline reveals some of the fascinating models on display at the museum, from Dr. Macaura's Pulsocon Blood Circulator to the Hollywood Vibra-Tone of the 1940s.

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