CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada28 Oct 1913, Tue • Page 13
During my regular researching of newspaper articles I came upon this article from 1913 in the Ottawa Journal. I immediately wondered how this vibrator with its many many uses was successful in the treatment of various diseases. Or, was it just another invention to scam the folks.
This has to be my favourite vintage ad I have ever seen, below. “Abundant nerve force” oh my god hahaha. That thing looks like a jackhammer 😬 Notice how, at no point in this dissertation of an advertisement, does it ever specify how to use this device. You have to order the free book.The book actually suggests vibrating your eyeball to improve vision. Close enough! Sounds like a good way to go blind, and though I’m not an opthamologist but the creepy thing looks like a blow dryer.
It didnt take long to turn electricity into a good time.
From the National Museum of American History
The Chicago firm that manufactured and sold the White Cross vibrator boasted that it had a high grade motor. And, while it met the requirements of the medical profession, it was also suitable for family use. The inscription on this example reads “WHITE CROSS ELECTRIC VIBRATOR / MANUFACTURED BY / LINDSTROM, SMITH CO. / CHICAGO / VOLTS 100 A.C. & D.C. / NO. 96581 / MODEL 2 / CAUTION / DO NOT USE THIS VIBRATOR IN BATH TUB OR / WHEN THE BODY IS CONNECTED WITH A WATER, SEWER, OR GAS PIPE OR WHEN STANDING ON WET FLOOR.”Ref: Lindstrom, Smith Co., Illustrated Catalog of the White Cross Electric Vibrator (Chicago, 1918).
Yes, you can purchase one today on Etsy-1910s Antique Vibrator – White Cross Electric Vibrator – Lindstrom Smith Co Chicago click
CLIPPED FROMThe Tacoma Daily LedgerTacoma, Washington20 Jun 1915, Sun • Page 36
Vibrating Chair Free With the White Cross Vibrator. You can make a splendid vibrating chair out of any chair. A chair which will give you the same results as the kind used in the biggest hospitals and sanitariums.
TheWhite Cross Vibrator gets at the cause of disease. It sends the rich, red blood leaping and coursing through your veins and arteries straight to where the disease begins; and where there is rich blood it is impossible for disease to remain long. It tones up your nerves and-muscles, and every vital organ. It makes you fairly tingle with the joy of living. Don’t neglect the FIRST symptoms. If you feel “run down , out of condition —if you just feel “out of sorts” general!’ something is wrong. The most serious diseases creep upon you unaware. The White Cross Electric Vibrator aids in filling our body so full of vigorous, robust health that pain and disease have a hard time finding a foothold.
CLIPPED FROMNew-York TribuneNew York, New York02 Mar 1915, Tue • Page 9
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John Dittrick– another Lanark County Inventor
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