Tag "ultra violet"
Slot Machine Vends 25c Sunburns (Mar, 1935)

Slot Machine Vends 25c Sunburns

SELLING sunburns at twenty-five cents an installment, new slot machines being installed in Broadway barber and beauty shops are attracting New Yorkers seeking that Palm Beach and California complexion.

Upon depositing a coin in the slot, a violet ray lamp gives off radiations for seven minutes. Patrons are warned to wait three days before the next treatment, said too frequent usage gives painful burns.

Ad: Build Up Personality, Magnetism, Vitality with VI-REX VIOLET RAYS (Mar, 1922)

Wow a light that can give you personality! Sign me up.


Build Up Personality, Magnetism, Vitality with


Some people are dull, drab, uninteresting and sickly! Others are vital, compelling and magnetic! WHICH ARE YOU? It is all a matter of vitality and health. The greatest discovery in years is that of VIOLET RAYS, electricity in a curative, medical form. Violet Rays put new life into over-taxed and sluggish tissues; penetrate and invigorate all the muscles and nerves of the body; give new tone and vitality to the entire body.

Fun with Black Light for Home Chemists (Jul, 1939)

This looks pretty fun though I’m not sure where you can buy uranium nitrate these days.

Fun with Black Light for Home Chemists


CHEMICALS that glow with magic colors in the dark, under invisible illumination with “black light,” have been applied to theatrical costumes and decorations with spectacular effect. Your own home laboratory can be the stage for equally striking experiments with these substances, which possess the curious property known as fluorescence. Also, you can prepare other substances that shine in the dark through the phenomenon called phosphorescence—which is distinguished from fluorescence by the fact that phosphorescent chemicals continue to glow for some time after removal from the light that excites them.

Yankee Violet Rays CAN NOW BE IN EVERY HOME (Mar, 1922)

Wow, this thing cures everything! I’ll bet it makes you smarter, richer and more attractive too! And if Uncle Sam endorses it you know it must be true!

What is that doctor in the middle panel doing to that lady?

Only $7.75

Until now thousands of people have wanted Violet Ray outfits, but could not afford them at the heretofore high prices that have been charged.

Acts Like Magic

The following ailments and hosts of others respond like magic to the vitalizing, disease destroying influence of this wonderful home outfit which is equal and in many respects superior to any similar apparatus priced up to $25.00.

Wanted: Men to Sell Sunbeams (Nov, 1931)

I suppose this is technically possible if the box contained a Bose-Einstein condensate, but I have my doubts.

Wanted: Men to Sell Sunbeams
PLANS to market sunbeams, containing quantities of healthful ultra-violet rays with vitamines, have been put forward by the University of Cincinnati. The rays are put up in small packages, and are filtered out with quartz or other transparent substances.

“Sugar-Coated” Electricity Builds Strength and Health (Mar, 1922)

Yum, sugar-coated electricity.

If you would like to learn more about these miraculous devices, this site has some good info. They also have some available for sale. Or just pick one up on ebay.

With health insurance rates going through the roof, can you really afford NOT to have your own Violet Ray machine?

“Sugar-Coated” Electricity Builds Strength and Health

Absolutely shockless and painless, overcomes nervousness, banishes aches and pains, renews the vigor of youth and builds healthy, well-developed bodies

Thousands of volts of stimulating, up-building, high frequency electricity—as painless and pleasant as a ray of sunshine—can be sprayed into any weak, diseased or under-developed part of your body. Instantly you will feel its healing, strengthening, tonic effect. You will feel the warm, fresh blood surge to the treated part, bringing with it the tissue-building and disease-fighting forces that Nature provides. Poisons and diseased tissues will be washed away, pains and inflammations relieved and the part treated will be nourished and strengthened. It literally helps Nature build new bodies.


Yes, cure Hay Fever with a sun-burnt nostril. Sounds like it should work to me…

SUNBURNED backs, as all know, may now be had from a “health lamp”; but here we have a mercury-vapor lamp in a quartz rod, small enough to pass up the nose and sunburn its inside. Four out of five cases of “hay fever” are cured.

Swinging Tanning Lamp (May, 1949)

Ahh the Waco Aircraft Company, long known for it’s fine tanning products.

Roving arm with ultraviolet bulb paints sun lovers full-length, a side at a time

AT least one of the rigors of artificial sun-tanning is eliminated by a new sun lamp with a moving bulb: You don’t have to keep moving either the lamp or yourself to insure an even tan. Orbitan takes care of that by swinging a standard 275-watt ultraviolet bulb in a straight, level path as long as six feet. Moving back and forth it gives you an even tan from head to toe.

An optional accessory is an electric timer which will turn off the lamp at the end of a desired period of sunning. The timer gives a warning sound 20 seconds before switching off the current. This permits resetting and additional tanning in another position without waiting for the bulb to cool before it is relighted.
The lamp alone costs about $30; with bulb, about $38; the timer costs about $10. Appliance Division, Waco Aircraft Company, Troy, Ohio.

Black Light and the Criminal (Jun, 1938)

Black Light and the Criminal

Ultra-violet rays, now readily accessible to law enforcing bodies, adds another weapon to the arsenal of the government’s war on lawlessness.

THE use of filtered ultra-violet light for crime detection and identification purposes has been made available by the presentation of a comparatively low cost, yet powerful, efficient and portable black-ray quartz lamp. Specially formulated dark-colored Wood’s glass filters in the front of lamp hold back the visible light emitted by the mercury arc and allow only a concentrated beam of invisible ultra-violet, or “black light,” to pass. This ray cannot be seen by the eye, even in the dark or semi-dark, yet its radiations are absorbed by a wide variety of substances and instantly re-emitted as visible light of constant intensity and color.

Cold Light (Apr, 1939)

Cold Light
Opents New Field in Electric Signs

MAGIC wands of “cold” light, rivaling the rainbow in their hues and the firefly in their efficiency, have come out of the laboratory to paint night scenes with new marvels of beauty. Perfected and ready for use after years of experiment by General Electric research engineers, these “fluorescent lamps,” as they are called, apply a brand-new principle in illumination. By doing so, they reduce the cost of colored-light displays to a point where lighting effects hitherto possible only in theaters can be applied lavishly everywhere.