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Good Vibrations' Antique Vibrator Collection Featured in Upcoming Hollywood Film "Hysteria"
Pioneering Sex Toy Retailers' Collection Reveals that Vibrators are Nothing New
San Francisco, CA -- (August 18th, 2011): That fancy new vibrator you’ve been eyeing is not so different from one that your grandmother, or great-grandmother, would have enjoyed. Contrary to popular belief, the electric vibrator is not a modern invention, and Good Vibrations, the legendary San Francisco-based company that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, shares an impressive collection of antique vibrators in its five retail stores in California and Massachusetts. The history of vibrators will get a popular culture boost with the anticipated release of “Hysteria”, a major Hollywood film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett in a Victorian-era romantic comedy set around the creation of the vibrator. Several vibrators from the Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum will be featured in the film, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival September 15th.
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The ad copy for these vibrators was coy and ambiguous. "Be a glow getter," one package insert suggests. And who wouldn't be tempted to experience "that delicious, thrilling health-restoring sensation called vibration," when assured that "it makes you fairly tingle with the joy of living"? The vibrator's usefulness for masturbation was never acknowledged; however, as vibrators began appearing in stag films of the 1920s, it became difficult to ignore their sexual function. Probably as a result, advertisements for vibrators gradually disappeared from respectable publications.
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