Electric Spanking Chairs, 1898

Apparently as the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there was a move to automate the spanking discipline at reform schools across the nation. This from the New York Times of February 14, 1898:

SPANKING BY ELECTRICITY

Kansas Has Invented a Method Which Colorado May Adopt

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 13 — Warden C.P. Hoyt of Denver has designed a spanking chair for use in the Industrial School for Girls. It consists of a seatless chair on which the girls are placed. It is high enough from the ground to allow four paddles to be operated by electric wires. Straps hold the victim’s wrists to the arm of the chair.

At the Girl’s Industrial School of Kansas, situated at Beloit, they have what is called a spanking chair. Bad girls are strapped in the chair, an attendant presses a button, and the chair does the rest. The Kansas authorities will be asked in a few days to explain this system, and if it is satisfactory to the local authorities a spanking chair will be purchased for the Colorado institution.

Found via Natty’s Spanking Blog.

  1. Chross commented on March 24th, 2011:

    Just when you think you’Ve seen it all….

  2. Michael commented on March 24th, 2011:

    That’s brilliant and must be reconstructed immediately. The seatless feature would be enormously fun to watch since the girls would doubtlessly try to sit properly and maintain some composure…

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  4. Chrs commented on March 25th, 2011:

    I you read C. P. Hoyt: “The Punishment of Prisoners” in: Proceedings of the annual Congress of the National Prison Association of the United States (1900) you’ll see that the alleged “spanking chair” is a hoax. The article makes an interesting read nonetheless as it details how girls were actually spanked in several schools back then.

  5. Timory commented on March 25th, 2011:

    Maybe there weren’t spanking chairs in the US at the turn of the twentieth century, but they weren’t entirely made up, either. In “Discipline and Punish,” Foucault includes several reproductions of advertisements for various spanking devices.

    I’ve always wondered, though, why schools and institutions would shell out for spanking machines. Was spanking students really that tiring? Wouldn’t there probably have been a pervert or two on the staff willing to volunteer for the job?\

    And why did the machine you described need FOUR paddles. Very strange…

  6. Dave commented on March 28th, 2011:

    Such a machine would certainly make a wonderful gift idea for that special kinkster…..

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