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Victorian Vibrators


GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 24: Late nineteeth -Early twentieth century home hand electric vibrator In the early twentieth century, on display at Littledean Jail, Forest of Dean on September 24, 2013 in Gloucestershire, England.

These photographs of vintage vibrators offer a fascinating insight into women?s pleasure during Victorian times. The self-massagers are on display at Littledean Jail,  a former house of correction, police station and courthouse turned visitor attraction, in the Forest of Dean. Many of the contraptions may look more like implements of torture to modern eyes, but they were freely used by Victorian doctors in the treatment of so-called “female hysteria”.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Media

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