New York: German Electric Agency, [ca. 1893]. Likely a later version of this quack device promotional catalog. Small 8vo, wire stitched into original color lithograph wrappers in red and blue (with the wrapper title “The Electric Era”), 24 pages. Illus. Old light vertical crease; a little light soiling, with a small stain to the rear wrapper; cheap paper toned, but supple; in very good condition. Item #18200
With a fine view on the rear wrapper of the “Electricity Building, Columbus Exposition, Chicago 1893.” The copy inside notes, “Although Electricity, properly applied, is a wonderful remedy of nearly all classes of ailments, still it is in diseases of the generative organs that it is most employed by the medical profession.” Galvanic belts and electric suspensories that are said to use electricity to cure diseases of the lungs, paralysis, epilepsy, female complaints, diseases of men (nervous debility, loss of vigor—which has been substituted for the somewhat more bald “Impotency” seen in an earlier version of the pamphlet). A company founded in Brooklyn in 1880 that, owing to its success, moved to Manhattan in 1892. Includes testimonials dated up through 1893. A few of the illustrations (the man wearing the suspensory belt but not the suspensory itself) have been reworked from a ca. 1892 version, and some of the text has been modified. See Atwater S-444, which notes a 24-page issue of this pamphlet with chromo wrappers published [ca. 1893].