This vintage quack medicine device– the Elco Violet Ray Machine was made around 1910 and claims to treat (and I quote from material I found on the Internet…) “acne, alcohol and drug abuse, arthritis, asthma, baldness, birthmarks, bladder trouble, bronchitis, boils, brainfag, breast development and Brights disease,” and that’s just the A’s and B’s. It goes on to say it’s beneficial in the treatment of cancer, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea.
The Mad Scientist machine comes in an old black case with one metal attachment and five glass wand (like Crookes tubes) attachments. The case also contains an antique bottle of “Inhalant Solution for Ozone Generator” (which smells like really strong Vick’s VapoRub.) Supposedly these high-frequency machines were manufactured for household use up until the 1950s when, presumably, people developed common sense. I suppose they could also be used for drunken college hazing rituals.