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Overbeck Rejuvenator, Grimsby, England, 1930

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The Overbeck Rejuvenator is an electric shock treatment device used in electrotherapy. It was devised by chemist Dr Otto Overbeck (1852-1937). Electrotherapy was popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It involved massaging the skin with an electric current to cure aches, pains and headaches, promote a youthful look and ‘relieve hysteria’. The Overbeck Rejuvenator consists of a battery in a covered case, with four probes and two metal massage ‘combs’. It was sold by Overbeck, Chantry House, Grimsby, England.

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