SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Magic Fingers: 1970

Magic Fingers: 1970

1970. "Lenore Romney, wife of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, campaigning for U.S. Senate in Michigan, and meeting with son Mitt in her hotel room in Marquette." Note the "Magic Fingers" coin box. Photo by Douglas R. Gilbert for the Look magazine article "Lenore Fights Alone." View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

the Holiday Inn in Marquette

As one of the commenters said, the U.P. has close ties to Wisconsin and it wasn't surprising to see Milwaukee papers.

I grew up in Marquette in the 70s and can remember a friend having a birthday party at the Holiday Inn... to use the swimming pool. Her parents rented a room. One of the things we enjoyed was trying out the "magic fingers..." so exotic!

I still have one of those Magic Fingers!

I once worked at an old vending supply place and bought a few of them as gag gifts for friends. (They make great wedding gifts!) The motor can be screwed to any bed, chair or baby crib (as the booklet suggested!) and it really is a strange experience. The vibrations feel nice, but I like it when it suddenly stops and in the still of the moment you feel like you're floating. Best investment ever. You can still find them on eBay at times.

Magic fingers are alive elsewhere

My wife and I often stop on our way east at a roadside motel in Irwin, Pennsylvania. the small, but comfortable rooms are right out of the 1940s (knotty pine walls and period furniture). The Magic Fingers at the bedside work for two bits.

Magic Fingers indeed (not)

I *finally* convinced my dad to let me try Magic Fingers. He was reluctant to give me a quarter but my begging wore him down.

What a disappointing experience!


I know that if I tried to sit like that, my mom would yell at me to get my shoes off the bed.

Thanks for the delay

I don't know if it was intentional, but I'm SO glad you didn't post this until AFTER the last election. I could just see the headlines: "ROMNEY PHOTOGRAPHED IN BED WITH MOTHER"


Marquette is in the UP, and is closer to Milwaukee than Detroit. Yoopers often seem to associate more with Wisconsin than Michigan (e.g., cheering for the Packers rather than the Lions, etc.). So it's not surprising to find the Romneys reading a copy of the Milwaukee Journal rather than the Detroit Free Press.

Where are we, Mitt?

They may be in Marquette but that looks like the front page of the Milwaukee Journal on the bed. Used to work for them in house-to-house distribution once a long time ago so it caught my eye.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.