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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
1985.18.2
Description
Lathe-turned mulberry wood is hollowed out, with a ball of mulberry wood that fits inside and rotates.
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Accession Number
1985.18.2
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Massage -- instrumentation
Description
Lathe-turned mulberry wood is hollowed out, with a ball of mulberry wood that fits inside and rotates.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. D. Pepper.
Site Made (Country)
Japan
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Material
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-9
Dimension Notes
Diam. 7.2 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Mr. D. Pepper; CD #UHN
Research Facts
Used to massage tired muscles; brought to US by missionaries; sometimes called "temago" ("hand-operated grandchild").
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Circulex therapeutic unit

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11269
Dates
1945
circa 1945
Collection
Eugene Woychyshyn Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
006024001
Description
Circulex Therapeutic Unit, massage table; wooden table that has brass features, an on/off switch on the verso of the object towards the proper right side; object is still in working condition.
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Accession Number
006024001
Collection
Eugene Woychyshyn Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Muscle Tonus
Massage -- instrumentation
MM= Interior Design and Furnishings -- furniture, medical
Description
Circulex Therapeutic Unit, massage table; wooden table that has brass features, an on/off switch on the verso of the object towards the proper right side; object is still in working condition.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
The donor received this item from a friend in the 1980s; he does not know the origins of the apparatus, and he does not believe his friend knew anything about its history either.
Maker
Circulex Corp. Ltd
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1945
circa 1945
Material
wood: brown
metal: yellow
paint: beige, cream, orange, brown, blue-grey
Inscriptions
Located on the plaque on the recto of the object. "Circulex // Therapeutic Units // Toronto, CANADA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room W1
W1-6-2
Dimension Notes
Length 135.5 cm x Width 58.0 cm x Depth 48.0 cm (Unfolded)
Condition Remarks
The massage table is in good condition and is still functional; there is a considerable amount of surface dirt on the base and underneath the folded sections of the table.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #1
Research Facts
Further research into the origins and use of this type of massage equipment is required.
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electrical massage instrument

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Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
999021001 a-e
Description
(a) Electrical massage instrument consists of a metal-encased motor supported by stand on four wooden castors; motor sits on round platform with semi-circular hinged drawer; side of platform has a switch and a holster for hand-piece; hand-piece has a painted wooden handle and a metal head ending in…
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Accession Number
999021001 a-e
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Massage -- instrumentation
Vibration -- therapeutic use
Description
(a) Electrical massage instrument consists of a metal-encased motor supported by stand on four wooden castors; motor sits on round platform with semi-circular hinged drawer; side of platform has a switch and a holster for hand-piece; hand-piece has a painted wooden handle and a metal head ending in a ring; hand-piece is connected to motor with cloth-braided cable; instrument has an original cloth-braided plug; drawer contains (b) oil can and (c) plastic cylindrical ribbed bit; drawer contains two oil stained (d-e) pages from Popular Mechanics magazine April 1930.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - electrical massage instrument - Size: Length 115.5 cm x Width 45.0 cm x Depth 42.5 cm
b - oil can - Size: Length 7.5 cm x Diam. 5.1 cm
c - plastic cylindrical ribbed bit - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Diam. 3.8 cm
d - page - Size: Length 23.5 cm x Width 16.5 cm
e - page - Size: Length 23.5 cm x Width 16.5 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Col. S.M. Polson.
Maker
Chicago Motor and Vibrator Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Date Remarks
based on appearance
Material
metal: black, yellow, silver
fabric: black
plastic: black
wood: brown
paper: yellowed
Inscriptions
Embossed and etched on metal plate affixed to platform: "CHICAGO MOTOR AND // VIBRATOR CO. // CHICAGO // NO. P739 VOLTS 110 CY.60"; impressed on hand-piece twice: "OIL"; embossed on cylindrical bit: "HF INC"
Permanent Location
(a-c) Storage Room W1
W1-2-1
(d,e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 18
Condition Remarks
Metal stand and motor case scratched; black lacquer paint chipping off in spots; lacquer on motor case is dulling due to wear; exposed metal is tarnished; motor case exterior has a missing screw-on cap which exposes a spring; hand-piece scratched with minor paint chipping; oily residue on hand-piece's metal ring, inside drawer and inside motor case; cloth-braided cord for hand-piece has several minor tears; cloth-braided plug torn in the middle of cable; wires exposed and cord frayed at tear; plug missing cap and exposing wires; oil can tarnished and oily; pages from Popular Mechanics magazine thoroughly stained with oil; showing several rips.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Web Site "Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum": "Medical Electricity, Röntgen Rays, and Radium" by Dr. Sinclair Tousey; CD #5.
Research Facts
Used for therapeutic vibration massage.
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