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The Veedee and How to Use It [instructional booklet]

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Dates
1908
circa 1908
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996001539
Description
Paper booklet with thicker green cover advertising and explaining the many uses of the VeeDee; the front has two facsimiles of the device being used; inside it has a long list of important people who used it, how to use it for what complaint, often with diagrams to show where it should be applied; …
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Accession Number
996001539
Author
Anonymous
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Vibration -- pamphlet
Electric Stimulation -- pamphlet
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- pamphlet
Description
Paper booklet with thicker green cover advertising and explaining the many uses of the VeeDee; the front has two facsimiles of the device being used; inside it has a long list of important people who used it, how to use it for what complaint, often with diagrams to show where it should be applied; 27 double-sided pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
The VeeDee Co.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1908
circa 1908
Date Remarks
Date of the letter on the back is 1908, so probably within a year or two; sticker claims 1910, but probably earlier since Portugal became a republic in 1910 ("who uses it" page)
Material
paper: black; green; red
Inscriptions
"THE VEEDEE // AND // HOW TO USE IT // For // CURATIVE VIBRATION, // VIBRATORY MASSAGE, // NERVE STIMULATION, // and // BLOOD CIRCULATING, // In various complaints, etc., with // Special Chapters, relating to // its uses for the // TOILET. // THE VEEDEE COMPANY // 96 Southwark Street, London, S.E. // PRICE SIXPENCE"; see Description, above, for what is inside
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder B
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.2 cm. x Width: 13.5 cm. x Depth: 0.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some of the fist pages are torn, bent, etc., and entire booklet appears to have been bent in half at one point; some age/sun discolouration, especially the edges; black mark on bottom right, front cover; staples slightly rusty
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Science Museum: Brought to Life, Exploring the History of Medicine: http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display?id=92807
Research Facts
The “Veedee” vibratory massager claimed to cure colds, digestive complaints and flatulence through ‘curative vibration’. The name is thought to come from the Latin phrase, “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). During the late 1800s, massage was considered effective for combating almost any affliction, from headaches to female “hysteria”. Similar massage tools were advertised often in magazines and newspapers.
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Medicated Asbestos Electro-Magnetic Appliance [advertising handbill]

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Dates
1904
circa 1904
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996001582
Description
Large paper flyer advertising a medicated asbestos Electro-Magnetic Appliance from Salus Medicinal Appliance Co.; top 1/3 shows a woman and a man using the devices; the back talks about the employment opportunity being offered; measurements for folded dimensions.
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Accession Number
996001582
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- advertisements
Description
Large paper flyer advertising a medicated asbestos Electro-Magnetic Appliance from Salus Medicinal Appliance Co.; top 1/3 shows a woman and a man using the devices; the back talks about the employment opportunity being offered; measurements for folded dimensions.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, March 11, 1994, from George S. Wegg Limited.
Maker
Salus Medicinal Appliance Co.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1904
circa 1904
Date Remarks
Within 1904, postmarked envelope
Material
paper: black; red
Inscriptions
"ELECTRICITY AND MEDICINE COMBINED. // NOW BEING WIDELY INTRODUCED. // THE GREATEST DISCOVERY // OF // THE // AGE // A CHANCE // FOR ALL // NOW ONLY // (FORMER PRICE $6) $4. // DON'T PAY // FABULOUS PRICES FOR // ELECTRIC // BELTS // ETC. // WHEN // YOU CAN GET // BETTER RESULTS // Medicated Asbestos Electro-Magnetic Appliance."; etc. and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder C
Dimension Notes
Length: 15.0 cm. x Width: 8.3 cm.
Condition Remarks
Creased -- three half-circle holes along the right side crease; a thumb-sized stain in the middle of the lower third; another similar stain on the top middle; slight age/sun discolouration
Copy Type
Original
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