Edison’s Combination of the Electro-Galvanic Battery and Belt! . . . [caption title]. Electrical Entertainments, Travelling Agent Ashley Meekins, Belts.

Edison’s Combination of the Electro-Galvanic Battery and Belt! . . . [caption title].

[North Hatfield, Mass.? n. p., ca. 1875-1880]. First edition. Broadside, 11.25 x 7 inches, green paper stock. Soiling along old folds and to a couple panels of the verso; some light wear and toning; in very good condition. Item #18248

An attractive and ephemeral circular advertising an agency selling a combination medical belt that seems to have combined a standard Pulvermacher-type galvanic chain and an Edison battery current—though Edison almost certainly did not endorse this product. (Indeed, Edison sued his namesake son in 1904 to block him from putting the Edison name on a similar quack Magno-Electro Vitalizer.) This device intended for “quickening the two Prime Organs of Purification (Liver and Kidneys) to live, and action by Electrical Stimulation,” all to purify the blood, etc. At the foot of the circular, interested parties are directed to apply by mail to Mrs. C. A. Meekins, North Hatfield, Mass; Ashley Meekins, travelling agent, promises to “Exhibit the Battery, freely, as a Scientific Curiosity, and Wonder.” Public records have the Meekins family in Savoy, Mass. (North Hatfield, about 30 miles from Savoy, may have been the depot from where orders for the batteries were shipped). Chloe Ann Meekins died in 1885; Edison was granted his first battery patent in 1873.

Price: $225.00