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October 28, 2019

The Veedee Adjustable Medical Vibrator, One of the First Sexual Devices in History

This adjustable mechanical vibrator was manufactured by the English ‘Veedee’ Company, London around 1910. Mechanical vibrators such as these were essentially massaging devices which could be easily used from home.

Rather than use electricity to power the heads the vibrator was hand cranked before placement on the skin. It is good example of an early mechanical therapeutic device which was marketed from the 1890s to the middle of the twentieth century.

The Veedee is a small hand-power machine, weighing about 20-ozs (570gr), It is made of the finest steel, and is beautifully plated in nickel or silver throughout. It is held in one hand and the small crank handle is turned with the other. A plate fixed rigidly to the framework is applied to any part of the body. By turning the crank an adjustable, eccentric fly-wheel is set in rapid revolution at the end of the machine. One turn of the crank makes the fly-wheel revolve 50 times. Thus a speed of 8,000 revolutions per minute can be generated if desired. These revolutions of the eccentric fly-wheel cause the framework of the machine to vibrate, and in turn these vibrations are transmitted to the body.

The name Veedee is possibly a play on the latin term “Veni, Vedi, Vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered”.

The Veedee was widely advertised between 1900 and 1915, during which time there was a craze for vibration therapies and circulation stimulators.

One brochure stated members of the royal family used it and also listed other noted society people. Lilie Langtry, a noted beauty and actress of the 1900’s said “Most of all though, I prize my Veddee as a natural tonic and quick- rester. My friends have been remarking on my relaxed appearance lately and I have told them is due to the Veedee”.

One of a series of images on the back of the Veedee vibrator’s box that illustrate its various uses. According to the instructions on the box, there was almost nothing that the German-made vibrator could not treat.


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