Saturday, June 20, 2009

Kind of like Quantum Mechanics but Different...

Very different.

I guess this image is one of those you have to see to believe.  The book, The Illustrated Sex Atlas is one of the early health education books filled with late-fifties early sixties era health illustrations. Most of them are benign and informative. But the one above,  simply titled "Coital Mechanics" is hilarious. Basically it presents the copulatory act as if done by simple machines, i.e., pistons, belts, gears, light bulbs, wires, and a few lubricants to keep the machines working. 

And while this might seem like some fetishists delight, this was designed as a teaching tool. 
Unfortunately, it seems more like Rosey, the robot maid from the Jetsons, meeting a Dalek from Dr. Who in a rent-by-the-hour hotel on 82nd Avenue. 

What humors me even more about this, is that someone more that likely built a working model of this picture. That person, I imagine, spent a lot of time in either a basement or garage, smoking cigarettes thinking to himself, "This is mighty satisfying work...just wait until I show the science club."

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