PLASTIC PAL Who invented blow up dolls?

BLOW UP dolls have long been an accessory brought on stag and hen nights out.

But who invented them and why? Here is everything we know...

Who invented blow up dolls?

The original inventor of the blow up doll is unknown.

The earliest sex doll is credited to Dutch sailors in the 17th century who used a doll made of cloth to relieve sexual tension during long sea voyages.

The first recorded blow up doll appeared in psychiatrists Iwan Bloch's book, "The Sexual Life of Our Time".

The book, published in 1908, described the doll to be used for sexual purposes.

After the sexual revolution of the late sixties, advertisements began to appear in magazines which allowed you to select dolls with different hair colours and styles to suit the customer's desires.

Did Adolf Hitler create sex dolls?

During World War 2, it was rumoured that Adolf Hitler ordered sex dolls to be supplied to German troops fighting on the front line.

According to the rumours the Borghild Project aimed at combating the spread of syphilis among Nazi troops by supplying the men with sex dolls.

The project was supposedly inspired by Heinrich Himmler's 1940 memo to Adolf Hitler that there was a syphilis problem in the houses of prostitution in Paris.

In the report, he wrote, "The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores."

Hitler supposedly approved the project to provide dolls to the soldiers who were to transport them in their backpacks to allow them to avoid Parisian brothels.

Hitler allegedly gave his approval to the project, and designers set to work creating a doll - or “gynoid” - under the supervision of Franz Tschackert at the German Hygiene Museum.

The lack of evidence supporting this theory led it to being deemed a hoax in the early 2000s.

 The main supporting evidence for the project were two photographs purportedly rescued from the trash, which were later disproven as a hoax.

Further to this, no employee at the German Hygiene Museum had recalled the project ever existing when asked.