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Who invented vibrators?

Short Answer: Steam-powered vibrating devices were patented in the late 1860s and 1870s by George Taylor, and various other models soon followed. They were used by doctors of the time to alleviate female "hysteria" and other complaints.

Long Answer: George Taylor's steam powered vibrators were perhaps the first patented mechanical vibrating devices made to stimulate female patients. The first electromechanical vibrator was designed in 1880 by a British physician, Joseph Mortimer Granville. Although his model more closely resembled what we think of as a vibrator, Granville did not support the use of vibrating devices for inducing female orgasm. He intended it to be used to massage male skeletal muscles. However, the technology proved adaptable, as the millions of women who have used massagers know.

Reference Sources:
The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction by Rachel P. Maines

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