The 1901 version of Viagra, Dr. McLaughlin’s Electric Belt cure for all masculine ills, from impotence to alcoholism, was widely advertised at the turn of the 20th century as a fountain of youth. A typical testimonial, from a “Mr. A. Crawford of Pokegama” states: “I was an old man of 70 before I got your Belt. Now after wearing it for for 3 months I feel like a young man of thirty-five.” One can only hope Mr. Crawford removed the device shortly after dashing off his endorsement: another three months of wear would logically return him to infancy.
The belt was constructed of copper and zinc and when dipped in vinegar would deliver low-voltage electricity through an anode-cathode reaction. Our device is missing the wire that wraps around the users testicles.