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School is back in session, Pipedream University had a successful 1st summer semester with a 100% graduation rate last month, and our team—-only weeks after returning from the AAE Taiwan trade show—-is rocking it out at the ANE/AVN Novelty Expo in Las Vegas this week. In the midst of adult toy academia and global product debuts, let’s take a quick lesson on Vibrator 101 and pay homage to the man that started it all: Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville.
Image source: Rachel P. Maines: The Technology of Orgasm : “Hysteria”, the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction. Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology N.S. 24, Baltimore 1999, p. 97
In 1880 steam-powered Victorian-era England, Dr. Granville invented a vibrator powered by a very large and heavy battery that can attach itself to many different “vibratodes” (The Technology of Orgasm, by Rachel P. Maines). This “medical” device was originally created to treat “hysteria”—19th-century England’s name for insomnia, irritability, and overly wet vaginas. Using this magical machine to treat female patients, the good doctor soon had women flocking to his office to see what the “buzz” was about. Can we say that he was the first doctor who perfected good bedside manner? Today, luckily for us, we don’t have to go to a doctor’s office for electro-powered orgasms (health insurance companies might not cover that). In 2010, 130 years later, Hollywood paid its tribute to Dr. Granville with the release of “Hysteria”, a historical comedy about his brilliance. Dr. Granville’s titillating technology was originally invented to treat orgasm-starved women but little did he know that it gave rise to a global industry aimed at bringing pleasure to all. Thank you Dr. Granville! For more information about early 19th century electromechanical vibrators, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org