Thursday, October 29, 2009

I wonder how many hands this thing mangled?

(click ad, from 1950) And how the fuck did it work? I guess it shook the shit out of your hand, which you then applied to your body? And where's the, I'm assuming, even scarier STIM•U•LAX Senior? From Oster! Dig the wavy type on STIM (image via). Previously in probably deadly products from the 1950s: the Homko remote-controlled Mow-bot. Previously in: 1950s ads.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This seems creepy now, but when I was younger (about 30 years ago), the barber shop I would go to had one of these on the counter and the barbers would use it on your scalp if you asked.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandparents had one. Never mangled anyone, and I was too young to think the "adult" implications of it. It merely turned your hand into a massager, and to a kid, that was great sensation fun. "Whoah, my hand is numb, and keeps vibrating!"

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'v actually seen it working only a few years ago, maybe ten though, in a barershop i Milan. The hairdresser or whatever he was used it to stimulate the scalp of his clients, mainly counting tv and advertising hot shots and fashion in crowd. He blended his own shampoo, too, but it didn't wash out very well

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband came across one of these when a relative passed away. We were so excited to see one featured in
Mad Men.

It's not exactly built to be a marital aid. It's very awkward to use (at least it is for me). You feel the vibration all the way up to your shoulder, even for a minute or so after you shut it off.

11:48 PM  

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