Shelton Delux-Wayne Vibrator

Shelton Delux-Wayne Vibrator

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William Gentry Shelton (1873-1933) was a St. Louis inventor who established the Shelton Electric Co. in Chicago in the early years of the 20th century, and patented a vibrator in 1906. By 1916, the firm was offering a line of vibrators: Junior, Knickerbocker, Gentry, Special, and the Deluxe-Wayne which was light-weight and equipped with an air-cooled motor.
This example is a fairly heavy instrument housed in a cardboard box. The inscription reads “SHELTON DELUXE-WAYNE VIBRATOR / A.C. / NO. S49401 / VOLTS 110 CYCLES 60 / PAT. MAR. 27, 1906/ SHELTON ELECTRIC CO. / NEW YORK – CHICAGO” and “NO. 3778.”
Ref: William Gentry Shelton, “Massage Instrument,” U.S. Patent 816506 (March 27, 1906).
Ad for Shelton portable vibratory outfits in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 163 (July 1910): 29.
Electric Appliance Co., General Catalog (1916), p. 247.
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Shelton Electric Laboratories
overall -case: 4 in x 11 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 29.21 cm x 19.05 cm
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Gift of William P. Evans
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