2. Electric belt
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fascination with electricity and its “magical” properties lent credibility to various health-related apparatus touting curative powers. Several belts were marketed during this time, promising to cure “weakness, pain, and nervo-vital derangements,” along with just about everything else.
Dr. Pierce’s Galvanic Chain Belt, from the late 1880s came with a free “electric suspensory” loop designed to treat “weakness of the sexual organs”. Luckily for consumers, the batteries in the belt didn’t create enough power to do any harm. Of course, it didn’t do any good, either.Back to top