Electricity applied in a "strictly scientific manner"
I recently began a fun Twitter project, tweeting tidbits from American Jewess, the first English-language publication directed to American Jewish women (and this blog's namesake), edited by the original Jewess, Rosa Sonneschein. Today I came across this ad from the October 1895 issue, and almost fell out of my chair.
"Dr. A. Owen's Electric Belt gives a mild, continuous current of electricity, applied in a strictly scientific manner. Ladies, in particular, find it a sure and certain cure for all kinds of nervous troubles."
Hmm... a vibrating belt marketed to women to cure all kinds of "nervous troubles" ... You can make your own conclusions, but I bet a product like this would take off in Alabama, where the State Supreme Court recently upheld a ban on sex toys.
How to cite this page
Berkenwald, Leah. "Electricity applied in a "strictly scientific manner"." 2 October 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on September 1, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/electric-belt>.