Above is a scan of one page from a brochure for the John Oster Manufacturing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, vintage unknown. (I’d guess early sixties.) It’s my favorite page of whole catalog, because it advertises personal “massage instruments” clearly intended for use in a woman’s nethers. And because I’m a child who titters at every mention of masturbation.
The whole catalog is a hoot—and it’s reproduced after the jump—if only to see how much some home and kitchen gadgets have changed (the peaked coffeemaker, the electric shaver) and how much others have stayed the same. (The electric toothbrush is only slightly larger than modern models.)
But of course my favorite is one of the massagers: the “Scientific Jr.,” up there in the top-left corner, looking for all the world like a tiny rocket engine ready to take one lucky lady to the stars.
Also noteworthy are the brands under copyright by Oster. (I wonder if they still are?) “Oster, Osterizer, Raycine, Snoflake, Professional, Mini-Blend, T.M. Scientific, Scientific, Jr., Massagett, Duo-Massage, Cyclomatic, Hi-Fi Hair Dryer, Infra-Red, Touch-A-Matic, Pulse-Matic, Cutlery Center, Double-Action.”
Infra-Red? Professional? I have a hard time believing Oster had a copyright on those.
I’ll be uploading higher-rez scans to a new Flickr group I hope to announce here soon, but for now, enjoy these web-sized bites after the jump.