The history of sex toys goes back to the 10th century. Most adult toys were carved out of wood or stone and even made out of glass, silver, gold, lead, mercury and even animal horns. Basically whatever the Grecians and Romans could get their hands on. During the Ming Dynasty the ben wa balls were invented and were often made of lead or mercury. I’m sure health problems were involved with those Adult toys. By the 40’s a quarter of most women were using some form of adult toy for personal pleasure.
So to relieve their tired arms from performing “pelvic massage” a doctor created a steam powered dildo. With the 1960’s came the booming sex industry, although most dildos were still made of hard plastic.
Luckily now a day’s adult toys are made of safer materials that are more hypoallergenic such as silicone, Elastoplast, and jelly rubber. Materials that are safer to those that have certain allergies. They are also more readily available than they were in the 40’s when the topic alone was taboo. In the 40’s you couldn’t find an adult toy store. That is why most women got creative with things around the house. In the 20th century there are numerous stores available and not to mention online shopping for discretion. The adult toy industry has changed drastically in the past century.