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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Lindsey Beal

SPE Member since 2008
Member Chapter: Northeast

Intimate Appliances

Since the 19th century, women have used technology as a way to experience sexual pleasure. Mechanical, hydraulics, steam, and electricity have all powered the “personal massagers” that appeared in the appliance section of department stores and catalogues. Changes in technology create changes in vibrator materials, power-sources and design; vibrators reflect an era’s technology as well as its pop-culture. This is as true today as the past; current vibrators reflect the digital age. Although the appliances photographed are now antiques, they were once an example of that era’s technology.

This project would not have been possible without the generous cooperation of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The Ball-Grip

The Rex-Ray

The Hand Crank

The Model-D

The Super Dol

The Niagara

The Polar Cub

The Electronic Coronet Beauty Patter

The Cycloid-Action

The Infra-Red Heat

The Scientific Massage Modality

The New Life

Intimate Appliances: The Beauty Patter

Intimate Appliances: The Polar Cub

Intimate Appliances: The New Life

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