Vital Power Vacuum Massager

A questionable medical device widely advertised in the early twentieth century.

The article "Two Millennia of Impotence Cures" details some similar "equally flawed" devices including "the Erector-Sleigh, Gassensche Spirale, Gerson’s Constriction Bandage, and Virility, a double cylinder connected to a bellows to produce a vacuum."

If the Vital Power Vacuum Massager cost $15 in 1921, that would be around $500 today.

Jackson Daily News - Oct 30, 1921

via National Library of Medicine

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 25, 2018
     Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | 1920s

See how far we've come since then? Our modern version of the Perfect Organ Developing Appliance is, of course, Stormy Daniels.
Posted by Virtual on 08/25/18 at 09:32 AM
The word "Vacuum" immediately puts me off the idea of having any one of these items anywhere near me.

agent j
Posted by agent j on 08/25/18 at 11:43 AM
Nothing new under the sun.

A rose by any other name.

Double your member, double your fun.

Who doesn't want to be a "manly man"?
Posted by KDP on 08/25/18 at 01:40 PM
The rest of the article is a good read. Don't miss the concoction of cantharide (spanish fly) that supposedly doesn't work but doesn't hurt (spanish fly works by irritating the nether regions) and the "love stories read by supermodels" cure from the 4th century.
Posted by Yudith on 08/25/18 at 07:47 PM
To be honest, Yudith, those enticing stories and alluring youths sound more reliable to me than the rest of them put together.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/31/18 at 02:43 PM
"That's not my bag, baby!"
Posted by John on 10/03/18 at 11:38 AM
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