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Niagara Rolla-Ssage Reclining Chair with Cycloid action!
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Post# 396365   8/7/2018 at 03:26 (697 days old) by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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I was lucky enough to snag this amazing chair over the weekend. It is a heated massage recliner made by Niagara. I am unsure of the manufacture date. The 70's or 80's at the latest is my guess. It has vibrating massage rollers that move up and down the back, and a massage unit in the leg rest. The heat can be turned on/off separately. The Niagara company started in 1949 in the USA. They are still around today, although they seem to be primarily active in Australia and New Zealand. There is a website for Niagara in the USA, but it looks like it was made in 1990 and never updated.

Here is a wonderful old "documentary" on the company.

From the video, you would think that Niagara and their massage units were about to take over the world. They were used in hospitals and by the sporting industry. They could be found in hotels and even cars! Niagara was also responsible for the creation of the Fairyland Clinic for Handicapped Children in Pennsylvania. I can't find any evidence that this clinic still exists, but Niagara in Australia and New Zealand have something they call the Fairyland Centre initiative, wherein they donate massage equipment to schools for special needs children.

I would love to know what happened to Niagara. It was once a booming businesses with multiple factories and offices in multiple countries. Now, there is very little to be found on it outside of a few old film reels and commercials.

I think I am very lucky to have this little piece of forgotten history in my home. Plus, this chair just feels awesome.

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Post# 396383 , Reply# 1   8/7/2018 at 15:10 (696 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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If we were taking bets, I'd bet on 1960s, the whole design of the chair, the control panel, the label you show... All very 60s in my eyes!

Post# 396421 , Reply# 2   8/8/2018 at 03:44 (696 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Makes me think early 60's-this would be interesting to try-too bad its still not made.

Post# 396587 , Reply# 3   8/10/2018 at 21:46 (693 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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Very cool toy you found! Amazing it still works too!

According to this document:

The first use anywhere of the term "Rolla-ssage" (aka when it first was sold on the market) was in 1967, and they patented "cycloid action" 10 years earlier. This chair might have been an upgrade for past models (like the ones shown in the video).

Looking at how it's decorated and the label, you guys were right on the money, and I would believe that this would be from 1967.

Post# 396842 , Reply# 4   8/16/2018 at 15:29 (687 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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1967 seems about right!

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