Star Electric Vibrator


Patrick J. Fitzgerald (ca. 1879-1961) was an Irish immigrant who formed the

Fitzgerald Mfg. Co. in 1906, and began making engine gaskets. He also designed the firm’s next important product, the Star Electric Vibrator. This inexpensive ($5) electric-powered hand-held device came on the market in 1919; by 1922, more than a million examples had allegedly been sold. The inscription on this example reads “THE STAR ELECTRIC VIBRATOR / ALTERNATING CURRENT 110 VOLTS / PATENTED NO. 1,327,466 / NO. 487583[?] / THE FITZGERALD MFG. CO. / TORRINGTON, CONN. U.S.A.”

Ref: Patrick J. Fitzgerald, “Massage Vibrator,” U.S. Patent 1,327,466 (Jan. 6, 1920).

Ads for “Star Electric Vibrator” in Cosmopolitan (July 1919), p. 151; and in Good Hardware (Feb. 1922), p. 116,

Maker: Fitzgerald Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Torrington

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Estate of Carolyn H. Edwards

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.296611.35Catalog Number: 296611.35Accession Number: 296611

Object Name: VibratorOther Terms: Vibrator; Medicine

Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 8 17/32 in x 9 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 21.6662 cm x 24.13 cm


Record Id: nmah_736545

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