The Xervac Anti-Baldness Device

     Posted By: Paul - Tue May 11, 2021
     Category: Technology | Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | 1930s | Hair and Hairstyling

This was a pretty expensive gadget. Its price in 1937 (assuming that's the year of the ad in the link) was $179.50, which in 2020 was equivalent to $3,288.16, according to The Inflation Calculator. Also, I did a search for the patent number in the ad, and the result was this image:

Posted by Fritz on 05/11/21 at 07:25 AM
Now-a-days several products known as laser caps are claimed to promote re-growth of hair. They seem to range in price from $600 to $3500 depending on the brand and model. I searched for electric treatment for balding, got many hits.
Posted by Steve E. on 05/11/21 at 11:57 AM
I was wondering if that is the same Crosley Radio Company that manufactures those retro-look record turntables? Those that you find in Walmart and other discount retailers?
Posted by KDP on 05/11/21 at 02:09 PM
KDP It appears to be the same company, if I'm reading their Who We Are page correctly.
Posted by Fritz on 05/11/21 at 03:13 PM
The original Crosley Radio Corporation ceased in 1956 except as the listed owner of WLWT-TV (until 1968).

The current Crosley Radio, beginning in 1984, is a marketing scheme, trading on the traditional US Midwest name while buying their products from China. It has none of the corporate genetics of the original, and it's actual name is: Modern Marketing Concepts Inc..

Posted by Phideaux on 05/11/21 at 09:03 PM
Thanks, Phideaux, for linking to a fascinating article. I particularly like the Icyball refrigerator. It would make a good Mystery Illustration.
Posted by ges on 05/11/21 at 10:15 PM
@ges -- Thanks, but I found it a little unnerving. There's something about the same company making proximity fuses and midget cars that just doesn't seem right.

With the variety of things he pioneered, I guess we should all feel fortunate he didn't become a mad scientist.

The Icyball would definitely have thrown me. With the chambers connected by tubing, I might have guess it was a valveless pulsejet variant.

Posted by Phideaux on 05/11/21 at 10:48 PM
The Icyball would have stumped me as a M.I. It still did until I read more about it at Wikipedia.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 05/12/21 at 09:53 AM
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