Weirdness From The 60s: Giant Vibrators, Hat With Holes, Helmet Head Massager And Robot Cat
The buzzing alternative to drugs.
This picture was taken at Victoria Station, London in the 1960s. Giant vibrators were installed to apparently help travellers relax on their journey without having to resort to cannabis.
The slimmer version of Winston Churchill on the right looks positively enthralled. He probably thought it was a toilet and now he’s being photographed and has no idea where he is and where the actual loos are. Poor bloke.
The other guy, presumably a train driver, has no shoes on so he’s all in.
Hat with beauty pockets
Never be caught without toothpaste again!
You’d have to be a trusting sort of fellow to wear this in public.
This hat with pockets was allegedly created in France in 1960, and bamboozles me no end.
Was this made as a substitute for a bag? It seems like a ridiculous way for money and material to be used. As there are no other photos to prove this thing existed beyond the image here, I can’t confirm that there are pockets all over the hat. But if there were, you would have to make it a balancing act, so it wasn’t too heavy on one side, making you look even more of a plonker and walk round in circles. Like a boat with one oar.
Imagine how handy you’d be, though. You wouldn’t have to rummage around in your bag to find your comb, you would just have to feel around in your head to find the pocket it was stored in.
Also, you’d never have to worry where your keys were again. Because they’d be in your vulnerable-to-pickpocketing headwear.
Air-turbo head-massaging machine
Rub your head the right way.
The head massager from 1965 looks like a clunky thought-stealing machine.
It resembles something out of a dystopian novel, where the affluent have their brain juice stored away while enjoying a glass of vino so they don’t have to trouble themselves with remembering everything.
According to what little information I could find, the air turbo head was (presumably) used to massage a person’s noggin without the need of an actual person.
Who knows, perhaps there’s some tiny robot hands in the helmet, giving their scalps a good rub. It was the sixties, after all.
The meowing cat machine
Powered by a two-watt motor, and like a terrible scarecrow, the machine below was invented in Japan in 1963. Called the Cat Mew, it was designed to scare little rodents away from your premises, by letting out a meow ten times a minute.
If you were in a home that didn’t allow pets, then it would seem like the perfect solution without laying down poison. If it even worked. Which it probably didn’t. Hence why it’s not around today.
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