Did you know that vibrators date back to the 1800s?

May 18, 2012 at 8:41 a.m. ET

Take a look at various vibrators over the years!

Vibrator -- 1902


Vibrator 1929


Vibrator 1940


Vibrator -- 1962


Vibrator 1970


Vibrators date all the way back to the late 1800s, if you can believe it! In those days, you couldn't hop onto Amazon.com and order from a vast array of shapes, sizes and colors. Thanks to Good Vibrations' Antique Vibrator Museum (launched on April 12), visitors from all over can come and check out the 122 collectible vibrators. Museum curator, Dr. Carol Queen, shares a fascinating story of history, health and sexuality.

So how has the turnout for the display been so far? Well, according to Dr. Carol Queen, there's been quite a buzz (pun intended) around the museum:"You may not like to think about your grandmother's vibrator, but to see the evolution of our favorite invention is irresistible! Even the rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for this extraordinary exhibit – we had a tremendous turnout of people fascinated by our historic and entertaining display at our Polk Street retail location. You can really see how our attitudes around sex and female pleasure have evolved and how far both society and technology have come."

The history of the vibrator is an interesting one, and Good Vibrations gladly sheds light on the unlikely origins of its industry. The electric vibrator's inception was in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager patented by an American doctor. This device was designed as a medical tool for treating what was called "hysteria" or "female disorders." Within 20 years, a British doctor followed up with a more portable battery-operated model, and by 1900, dozens of styles of electric vibrators, just like those in the exhibit, were available to the discriminating medical professional.

And now in the 2012, we have even better toys to play with! Fun research, huh?

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