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Victorian mores started coming apart in the late 1800s in England and vibrators for women became more available. Can you imagine starting your steam engine to get your vibrator to work? Pretty noisy.
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L’artiste, French postcard c1925

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Chas. A. Cyphers This was a doctors vibrator that probably dates from the 1890's. Manufactured by Chas. A. Cyphers, Buffalo, New York, USA

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Slave for Sale, 1897, Jose Jimenez y Aranda (The sign reads Rose / 18 Years Old / For sale 800) Early Orientalists tended to portray slave girls as dejected and ashamed, as in Jimenez y Aranda’s painting above.  (Male slaves, when they appeared, tended to be treated as grim and hypermasculine.) As Orientalists moved away from realistic settings, and took on more explicitly pornographic themes, they began to move away from this poignant-but-dark imagery, as well.

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MACAURA'S PULSOCON HAND VIBRATOR The action is a plunging motion of the center disk at the end combined with a rotating eccentric weight. There were also applicators that would screw into the center disk. Marked Pat. applied for, Serial No. 6681. Could be from as early as the early 1880's or as late as about 1900. Nothing like a good hand held.

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The Slave Market, 1867, Jean-Leon Gerome Gerome travelled to Constantinople in 1853, when he was 29.  He was already a prolific painter, and he soon became one of the most prolific and influential Orientalist artists. This painting, which we’ll come back to later on, is a step away from the realism of Roberts’ picture.  It’s designed for voyeuristic appeal, and the D/s relations are foregrounded, whereas Robert’s slaves (and dealers) look slightly bored.

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Ernest Normand, 1894, The White Slave And now we have transitioned to a complete D/s fantasy.  The (white) girl has been sold into an Arabian-Nights otherworld, and she is displaying herself for her (non-white) masters.  She is still shy, of course, but the emotion being invoked here is not horror or political critique, but raw sensuality: a (captive) princess fantasy.

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The Steam-Powered Vibrator And Other Early Sex Machines As long as humans have had genitals, we’ve found artificial ways to stimulate them. But it took the repressed Victorian era to create the vibrator, a device aimed at curing a disease that doesn’t exist. Female Hysteria. The steam engine that drives this baby is piped in from the adjoining room. No quiet sex going on here. Start up the steam engine honey, we're gonna have some sex tonight.

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This quote courtesy of @Pinstamatic (http://pinstamatic.com)

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The Globe Compressed Air Vibrator Globe Manufacturing Co., Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

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