The Evolution of Vibrators

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The Wide, Wacky World of Vibrators

Vibrators have come a long way since they were invented in the 1880s as a tool for doctors. They weren't playing naughty nurse—physicians believed that paroxysm (that's a fancy old medical term for "orgasm") cured women of hysteria, which was marked by symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, and a tendency to cause trouble. We doubt it worked, but we'll take a prescription for more Os any day! From the painful-looking to the absurd, here is a quick look at how (very) personal massagers have evolved.

Dr. Macaura's Pulsocon Blood Circulator, 1880-1920
While not very aesthetic, this baby had a strong vibration, which promoted blood circulation—a key factor in reaching climax and why docs believed this device could help remedy many health complaints.

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Dr. Johansen's Vibrator, circa 1904-1907

Before the days of battery-operated and rechargeable boyfriends, manual labor in the form of hand cranks powered up vibes like this one.

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Detwiller Pneumatic Vibrator, patented 1906

Oh, those crafty inventors: The pulsations for this vibe came from a tank of compressed air, and women had plenty of attachments to customize the sensation they desired.

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Vibrosage, patented 1933

Size may not matter with him, but it does with your toys: This vibrator was half as large as those from the 'teens and 'twenties—and it came in a variety of bright colors, to boot. (Though we're not so sure we want the contraption on the right anywhere near our girly parts.)

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Rolling Pin Heat Massager, patented 1932

And you thought lipstick- and duck-shaped vibrators were novel. The heating function on this pleasure device helped steam things up, but we hope nobody made a pie with it.

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Hitachi, circa late 1960s-early 1970s

An oldie but a goodie, the Hitachi Magic Wand is still amazing women with its powers today and is said to be the most popular electric vibrator.

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Crave Duet, 2011

Backed by crowd funding, the Duet's dual motors and various edges (tip, inside, outside) provide different intensities at four vibration modes and four power levels, making it impossible not to find something moan-inducing. To recharge, remove the silicone part and plug the metal half into a USB port—nobody will ever know that you're juicing up your vibe while working on your laptop! ($149, lovecrave.com)

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Mojowijo for Her, 2011

If you never thought video games were fun, this might change your mind. The vibrations of this g-spot stimulator change as you (or your partner) move and shake a Nintendo Wii controller in every way imaginable. You can even spice things up long-distance over Skype, as long as you have the company's software installed on a Bluetooth-enabled PC. ($119, mojowijo.com)

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