Before getting to the fun instruments of torture used in sadistic initiations to frat houses, clubs and gated communities, a word from your suppliers, DeMoulin Brothers & Co. of Greenville, Illinois, as stated in their catalogue of 1908:
“WE MAKE EVERYTHING FOR EVERY LODGE – Our extended experience, our knowledge of the wants of our customers, and our advantages over other manufacturers enable us to furnish superior grade of goods at prices that defy competition. We solicit correspondence from, and information concerning prospective purchasers. All inquiries given prompt attention. We give our best advice, the benefit of our best judgment and render every possible assistance to those who contemplate purchasing any goods in our line. This service is free for the asking…
“Every article in this catalog is guaranteed to be exactly as represented. Prospective purchasers can consult our catalogs with a feeling of absolute confidence in the goods offered.”
Clothes steeped in cultural meaning as party costumes; imitation guns to terrorise; a goat – wait for the goat; a guillotine; the rhythmic automatic spanking machine; the embarrassingly erotic ‘pillow fight’; the promise of having your facial bones crushed by a large lead weight; the ‘branding and whirling table’; the intimately ravaging ‘pointed affair’; more buttock thrashing with the ‘spanking shovel’; and many more japes to get excited lodge members howling as ‘the candidate’ fears for their life all feature in the DeMoulin Brothers & Company’s cornucopia of earthly delights.
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