c. late 1800s: Gustav Zander’s Exercise Machines Chris July 20, 2011 1940-1949, Sport 16 CommentsFavourited 936 times Add to favourites 16 Responses Rebecca July 20, 2011 I wish I had some clue about what these are supposed to actually do for you! One looks like a foot massager. Maybe some are for ab strength? Reply sweet greggo July 20, 2011 I love how everyone used to work out in their Sunday best! Reply kokopuff July 20, 2011 Clearly the forerunner to modern day pilates. Reply Wincey July 20, 2011 But then there’s that gal in the petticoat with the strap that’s slipped down a bit, and it looks like she might be riding on a saddle of some sort. I do believe she’s taking care of some woman’s “hygiene” issue. Reply Samfrado July 21, 2011 This machines were made by Gustav Zander. I have more interesting pics in my blog here: http://rehabilitacionymedicinafisica.blogspot.com/2009/06/historia-y-futuro-de-la-rehabilitacion.html Look also for Oplonomicon. This is a 5 hundred years old orthosis in a steam punk look. Reply Chris July 17, 2012 Thanks Samfredo, now fixed Reply Mark2 July 22, 2011 The ‘gal in the petticoat’ is riding sidesaddle on a sort of artificial horse. It is suspended on stiff springs and the idea is to bob up and down on it to simulate real horse riding. They are still sold in a fancier electrical version and although I have ridden horses neither real or artificial I imagine it’s pretty good exercise. Come to think of it it’s probably the only one there that would do any real good. I can’t think why she’s in her underwear; could it be a be a ‘cheesecake’ pic? Reply Bill Motz November 19, 2011 they were “the latest” back then. Reply Amanda Jones November 29, 2011 the third picture is hillarious. wonder what he’s working on Reply Bewlay January 4, 2012 A belated birthday present. Thanks. Reply Doug williams January 20, 2012 Can anyone suggest an exercise equipment provider that sells items such as treadmills, elliptical etc that have either a retro look or an interesting designer look yet still function well. I am also interested in the same answer relative to more basis equipment …..free weights, benches, etc….. Reply Jill May 8, 2012 Some of these look more like torture devices. Reply HollyH June 2, 2012 Many of the test subjects were either very brave, or very trusting. Reply oldguyyoungbody July 16, 2012 J4 looked good. I don’t know about any of the others… Reply Samfrado July 17, 2012 The link to rehabilitacionblog.com do not work due to a spell mistake. http://rehabilitacionblog.com http://rehabilitacionblog.com.es/2009/06/historia-y-futuro-de-la-rehabilitacion.html I have some more here: http://rehabilitacionblog.com.es/2012/02/un-libro-espanol-de-rehabilitacion.html Reply badfish August 8, 2012 I have a exerbike that is very old butdo not know anything about. Maybe someone could tell me. Thanks Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.