19th-Century Reformatory Spanking Machine (Or Not)

In 1898, the New York Times reported on the state of spanking machine technology in our nation’s reformatories:

electric spanking chairs

The text of this, but not the image, was reported many years ago on Spanking Blog. Various reliable sources suggest that the Warden Hoyt quoted in the piece subsequently claimed he was only joking, and that no spanking machine was ever made.

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  1. RC commented on December 7th, 2019:

    It does seem like a hoax. If Warden Hoyt in Denver has designed a spanking chair, then what need would there be for a purchase of one from Kansas?

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