In the Footsteps of Thomas Edison: the Nature of Electricity, and a Technological Seance.

Antique Medical Equipment electrical therapy: The Polysine Generator.

Roaming the wilds of the Midwest, where the economy flourished in the days of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, I came across the remains of a lovely woman who lived to the ripe old age of 92 years.  “My success in the arena of longevity,” she insisted, “is due to my attention to health, regardless of public conception as I subscribe to only the most modern of medical advances.”

Well, that’s what she said in 1910.  Shortly thereafter she changed her motto to “If you find something that works, stick with it.”

One prong of her two-pointed attack at warding away the Grim Reaper was a sophisticated Hydrotherapy machine.  The other, a Polysine Generator.

Arrow Indicates Positive Pole...

Complete with Asbestos pads and metal hand-bars which connected to the terminals and delivered a gentle electric shock, this is the equivalent of a home Electroshock Therapy Machine were one to turn that beautiful voltage controller uppppppppppp someplace a little more… aggressive.

Red jewelled power light; modality selector; voltage controller...

Steampunk?  Perhaps.  Revolutionary?  Certainly.

This will be disassembled here at some point in the near future, as its brilliantly designed modality selector and polysine generator combination appears to be perfectly suited to electrically exploring specific frequencies aligning with the aetheric plane, which according to the notes I acquired- in the hand of Thomas Edison, no less- could facilitate audio communication with what he referred to as “the dearly departed”.

We shall see.


2 Responses to “In the Footsteps of Thomas Edison: the Nature of Electricity, and a Technological Seance.”

  1. Karen Pratt Smith Says:

    I once visited The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices when it was still located near St. Anthony Falls just across the river from Downtown Mpls. Evidently it has a new home and I would encourage a visit to anyone who visits the Twin City/MN metro area. A FAR more entertaining museum than the Walker since their patrons changed directions in the late 60s and went a bit too far balancing cherries on spoons, etc.

    My secret to old age? Blood letting (post female menopause) – damn heart healthy in my book, though difficult to convince your family doctor to perform it. A simple blood donation on a regul;ar basis would take care of it, but unfortunately I’m the only person in my county who wears the scarlet red cross badge of Mad Cow Exposure due to ‘excessive’ time spent in England years ago. Thank goodness for tainted RNs, and I’m still googling for sterile leeches in my spare time.

    Cheers John!
    Karen x

  2. ….gotta get me one of those.


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