Before the modern computer mouse, computers came equipped with a large crank like a ship wheel which moved the cursor around the screen.
This hopper jumbled human emotions and helped stressed workers feel more relaxed and calm.
Cold and Sneeze Crank
This cold and sneeze crank placed the patient’s nose in a vise while the doctor shown here cranked it tight. Then the patient was covered with snuff, liquid honey and pretzel crumbs.
Modern websites often have popular quizzes that can be finished in seconds. With this early model, users completed answers to questions by plugging various wires in the holes. The answers were sent to them 3 months via parcel post.
These portable bathing machines acted like a clothes washer. Bathers sat on a bench in the middle while jets of soap and water sprayed them from all directions.
Coffee Shot Machine
A popular product in Europe for many years, this vintage Coffee Shot machine produced shots of coffee and liquor.
Email Address Reader
The email address reader was an early spam machine. It raked in email addresses and sent out spam messages for phony penile enlargement pills, then known as aspirin.
T-Shirt Machine Gun
This machine gun accurately launched T-shirts into the crowd at sporting events. At peak capacity, it could launch 2000 T-shirts per minute.
Nail Painting Machine
A worker is seen here tuning up an early Nail Painting machine. Women could get nails done in a jiffy by sticking their hand in a slot which painted their nails a new color in a flash. The only danger was it sometimes sanded down their fingers, which prompted lawsuits. But the victims admitted it was great for opening letters.