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The Fascinating History of Adult Sex Toys
August 22, 2019

A Look Into The Past 

The incredible prodigy — SEX TOYS — have made a single life easy to handle. But have you ever wondered about what the history of sex toys? About when they were invented, who invented them and what they looked like?

Today, looking back at the historical sex toys, you might burst into uncontrollable laughter. But these toys were used by actual people — your ancestors and proved to be effective devices for arousal. 

Curious to find out more about these toys? Then get ready to revisit the past!

Toys of the Hans Dynasty

Happening side by side the Stone Age was the Hans Dynasty. And while the European and Chinese civilizations were worlds apart from one another, they both agreed on the need for sex toys. 

One of the first-ever dildos in the history of time was invented in the Hans Dynasty, which was a bronze sculpture of the phallus. It was discovered by archaeologists in the tom of a man nobility in Yizheng. 

Another incredible discovery related to ancient sex toys was made in the tomb of a Chinese king near the present-day city of Shanghai. This particular sex toy was a butt plug, which was used to conceal the orifices in dead bodies. But the similarity of this plug to the shape of a phallus perhaps inspired the designs of modern-day toys.

The Treasure of the Ancient Greeks

The old sex toys of the Stone Age and Hans Dynasty took a striking turn in the modernizing Ancient Greece. Using kitchen supplies—not culinary items, but food supplies—they gave a new definition to comfort and pleasure.

In this period, the Stone Age dildos became problematic, especially because of the discomfort caused by their hard stone material. So, they used their creativity and introduced the “Bread Dildo”. A loaf of bread would be shaped into the phallus to be used for sexual pleasure. 

According to Vicki Leon in “The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love & Longing in the Ancient World”, the load was used not only as a phallic toy, but also a vaginal toy by carving a hole on one end of the bread.

Illustration: by Susi Vetter

The Prize of the Industrial Revolution

With the industrial revolution, mechanization enabled people to use better tools for sexual pleasure. And one of the first of its kind of this era was The Steam-Powered Manipulator. 

The design consists of a dildo attached to a steam engine. The purpose of the dildo was not penetration, rather, vibration. In a sense, it can be considered to be one of the first vibrators, which was supposed to increase sexual frustration in women. 

As time progressed, lighter and more portable vibrating devices were introduced. 

The Portable Devices of 1880-1970s

Compared to the Steam-Powered Manipulator, the Hand-Crank vibrators of the 1880s was a lot more convenient and pleasurable to use. It was a major hit throughout the 1900s and provided around 5000 vibrations per minute. However, unlike the steam-engine, it had to be operated by a hand-push system.

Name: Macaura's Pulsocon Hand Vibrator  Source: nytimes.com

While the design of the Hand-Crack was terrific, the usage was terrible. This gave birth to a new kind of sex toy—the Blood Circulator. Known as the ‘ultimate pleasure tool’, this sex toy was easier to use and featured the tools to increase or decrease vibrations. This meant more pleasure and better orgasms!

Name: Macaura's Blood Circulator

The 1920s introduced a new kind of vibrator, which functioned with electricity. This vibrator became an instant hit because of its convenient usage and improved pleasure! It also featured a variety of designs on the head, which enabled women to enjoy different kinds of vibratory sensations. 

Name: Polar Cub Electric Vibrator 

In the 1940s, the vintage sex toys became complete game-changers as the Hollywood Vibra-Tone was introduced. While the manufacturers claimed it to be a ‘weight loss’ device, it was clearly produced for clitoral and nipple stimulation.

Name: Hollywood Vibra-Tone

While these sex toys served as pleasure tools for men and women, they were only the blueprints to the vast variety of toys we have today. In the 1980s, the first of the present-day vibrator x dildo was produced, The Rabbit. This toy provided both—vibration and penetration.

Today, this toy has gone through several changes and comes in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. 

           

Name: Rabbit Dildo Fifty Shades Darker Oh My

According to the New York Post in 2017, 330,000 vibrators were produced each year. And with growing awareness, the usage is only going to increase more!

So make sure you have your own sex toy if you don’t want to be left behind in the world of pleasure!

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