'VeeDee' Mechanical vibrator, London, England, 1900-1915

Made:
1900-1915 in London

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Mechanical vibrator, cased by J.E. Garratt, London, English, 1900-1915. Full view, vibrator outside box with
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Mechanical ' VeeDee' vibrator, cased by J.E. Garratt, London, English, 1900-1915

The ‘Veedee’ vibratory massager claimed to cure colds, digestive complaints and flatulence through ‘curative vibration’. It is seen here with its original box and two attachments. Instructions on the box state there was almost nothing the German-made ‘Veedee’ vibrator could not cure. The name is thought to be a pun on the Latin term, ‘Veni Vidi Vici’. This means ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’. During the late 1800s, massage was considered effective for combating almost any affliction. These ranged from headaches to female ‘hysteria’. A huge array of massage tools such as this example were advertised in magazines and newspapers.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A602751
Materials:
box, paper, box, velvet, purple, box, wood, instrument, chrome plated, instrument, mahogany, instrument, steel
Measurements:
overall (open): 208 mm x 407 mm x 279 mm, 1.72 kg
overall (closed): 120 mm x 407 mm x 162 mm, 1.72 kg
vibrator: .9 kg
type:
vibrator
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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