Victorian Electro-Therapy

An eBay page, so it won’t last long:

Up for bidding is a very fine example of a victorian home medical device that was used for electro therapy, over 100 years ago. This is a J. H. Bunnel & Co, No. 4 D. D. Back in those days electro therapy was used on everything from cold sores to cancer. This one, as you can see, is in beautiful shape cosmetically. It comes with a full assortment of attachments. It has the electrodes, the foot pad, (the shiny metal piece), body pads, handles, everything you see pictured, including the original instructions! The dry cell battery has long lost its charge, but in the metal case, it makes for a beautiful complete display.

Does it work? It works as good as the day it was made! All you need to do….is hook up a 9 volt transistor battery to the electrodes and you’ll become an official Quack Medical Practitioner! It is interesting to note, that you can vary the type of current as well as the intensity with just the turn of a knob. It’s a very simple unit to operate. I’ve had several of these over the years, and this is by far, the nicest and most complete one I’ve ever seen!

Even My Friends Want Me Dead

Talking with Matt Fraction about the possibly apocryphal story that the coffin Tony Wilson was buried in was given a Factory catalogue number (FAC 501):

ME: I've been resisting the urge to give everything catalogue numbers for a few weeks now.

MF: I kind of think you should stop resisting that urge maybe. I mean, you'd get killed for it, but still.

ME: I get killed for fucking everything.

MF: See? This is why I say maybe, just maybe, it should TOTALLY BE FUCKING DONE.