The year was 1934. The device? One of the most terrifying contraptions ever conceived: A scale, which, for a penny, announces your weight out loud. "Persons who are hard of hearing can amplify the tone, and there is no chance of misinformation, since the machine repeats the weight several times." Yes, that's right, several times. Plus, "the machine is equipped with a loudspeaker." Shudder! (Click the picture for the full advertisement.) [Modern Mechanix]