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Description
This handheld “Saturn Scope,” patented by James M. Davis in 1895, represents the most common version of the stereograph, which was used to create a 3D image. c-p are the slides used by the Saturnscope. Most of the photos were taken in the 1890s. A: Saturnscope B: Saturnscope slide C: River scene D…
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Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR COMMUNICATION
Sub-Category
PHOTOGRAPHIC TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Start Date
1839
End Date
1930
Description
This handheld “Saturn Scope,” patented by James M. Davis in 1895, represents the most common version of the stereograph, which was used to create a 3D image. c-p are the slides used by the Saturnscope. Most of the photos were taken in the 1890s. A: Saturnscope B: Saturnscope slide C: River scene D: King's Garden in Sweden E: Public Gardens in Boston F: Christ before Pilate G: Twin Rocks, Oregon H: Queen Victoria I: Colonial Camp J: Johannesburg Police K: Soldiers sailing L: Thousand Islands M: Cape Town, South Africa N: Niagra Falls O: Her Majesty's Navy at Cape Town P: Derby volunteers in South Africa
Number Of Parts
16
Part Names
The Saturnscope and pictures
Accession No.
2013.24.58 a-p
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
Description
Part A is a metal one quart pitcher with a mottled grey design. It has a fairly large wide lip and a handle. "MCCLARY MFG CO / 1 QUART / LONDON, ON" is stamped in black letters on the front. Part B is a small saucer that sits on top of the pitcher.
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Manufacturer
McClary Manufacturing Company
Other Names
Measuring pitcher
Tinware pitcher
Manufacturer Notes
Brothers John and Oliver McClary began their business in 1851. In 1871 they registered as McClary Manufacturing with the stated intention of producing stoves, tin, copper, and pressed wares, agricultural implements, and other ironware and machinery. Aided by the protectionist National Policy, the firm introduced new lines, including a profitable range of enamelware in 1880, and established warehouses in Toronto and Montreal (1879), Winnipeg (1880), Vancouver (1894), Saint John (1901), and Hamilton (1902). In 1882 the company had secured a dominion charter and within two years it was exporting to Britain, the West Indies, and Australia. In 1927 the company was sold to General Steel Wares Limited of Toronto. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry for McClary, John.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
FOOD PROCESSING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Start Date
1871
End Date
1927
Description
Part A is a metal one quart pitcher with a mottled grey design. It has a fairly large wide lip and a handle. "MCCLARY MFG CO / 1 QUART / LONDON, ON" is stamped in black letters on the front. Part B is a small saucer that sits on top of the pitcher.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
Accession No.
1996.140.4 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
FABRIC-VELVET;
METAL/ALLOY-BRASS; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
PLASTIC;
Description
1997.58.1 a: A small brown mahogany wooden box lined with black velvet on the inside. The lid of the box has a yellow manufacturers' label in the centre of it. "Sikes Hydrometer Dring&Faage 56 Stamford St London Makers to the Revenues of the United Kingdon & Colonies. There is a crest with two lion…
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Title
Sikes Hygrometer
Manufacturer
Dringe&Page - The words "Makers to the Revenue of the United Kindom & Colonies" on the label indicate their work was well known.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
DATA PROCESSING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
METEROLOGICAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
London
Start Date
1840
End Date
1941
Period or Date Notes
Science Museum Group Collection.
Description
1997.58.1 a: A small brown mahogany wooden box lined with black velvet on the inside. The lid of the box has a yellow manufacturers' label in the centre of it. "Sikes Hydrometer Dring&Faage 56 Stamford St London Makers to the Revenues of the United Kingdon & Colonies. There is a crest with two lions on either side of it and a crown at the top between the names Sikes & the Maker below. It has two 2.5cm long brass hinges at the back and two brass hook fasteners at either end of the front. Inside the box are indentations which hold the instruments securely in place. 1997.58.1 b: A glass thermometer mounted on a 18.2 cm long narrow piece of plastic type material, with brass mounts at either end. DRING&fAGE 56 STAMFORD ST LONDON is marked above the top of the termometer. There is a small mark to one side with the words TRADE at the top and MARK at the bottom. Thermometers are marked in degrees from 30 to 100. 1997.58.1 c: Is the hygrometer which has a narrow brass ruler with markings from 0 down to 10 and is attached to a lightweight brass coloured bulb. The trade mark is at the top of one side of the ruler without the makers name. Along side of the instrument itself are 10 ivory colour buttons which would had held the disk type of weights (msg) in place. 1997.58.1 d: A thin weighted 4.5cm long brass coloured tube which appears to have been attached to the bottom of the bulb at the top. The bottom has a small tear drop shape to it which would hold the hydrometer upright when inserted into water.
Narrative
The ten weights for the hydrometer are missing. They would have been round flat disks with a slit on one side that slipped into place on the pegs.
History Of Use
Used for measuring density in liquids like water, etc.
Material
FABRIC-VELVET;
METAL/ALLOY-BRASS; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
PLASTIC;
Inscriptions
SIKES HYDROMETER
Height
5.2 cm
Width
10.0 cm
Length
21.5 cm
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
4
Accession No.
1997.58.1 a-d
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Description
Kicksled is made of wood, with long metal runners that extend back approximately twice the length of the slide. There is a handlebar across the top that the user would hold on to while kicking to propell the sled forward. Slats across the middle of the wood frame form a place to hold luggage or a s…
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Other Names
sleigh
Spark
Category
DISTRIBUTION AND TRANSPORTATION OBJECTS
Sub-Category
LAND TRANSPORTATION, HUMAN POWERED
Place Used
It was likely brought to the area by a Scandanavian immigrant - several Swedish families immigrated to the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s.
Start Date
1870
End Date
1910
Period or Date Notes
The first definite record of a kicksled was in a newspaper in northern Sweden around 1870. The kicksleds of that era had stiff wooden runners and were heavy. In 1909 the design of the modern kicksled with flexible metal runners was introduced by the Swedish factory Orsasparken which quickly became standard in Finland, Sweden and Norway. (Source: Wikipedia, accessed 2017-11-02).
Description
Kicksled is made of wood, with long metal runners that extend back approximately twice the length of the slide. There is a handlebar across the top that the user would hold on to while kicking to propell the sled forward. Slats across the middle of the wood frame form a place to hold luggage or a seat for a person.
History Of Use
The kicksled was developed in Finland, Norway and Sweden. It is designed for use on ice or hardpacked snow. "Kicksled" is a direct translation of the Finnish word "potkukelkka". (Source: Wikipedia, accessed 2017-11-02).
Length
180
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Dimension Notes
length = length of metal runners
Accession No.
1981.60.3
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
PAPER;
Description
a) A round, squat tin with red background with a stylized design featuring holly leaves and stars in gold. The bottom of the tin and the outer edge of the lid are bordered in a wave-like pattern, also in gold. The bottom of the tin is gold colored with fragments of paper label. At the center is a…
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Manufacturer
Peek Frean Co
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England
Start Date
1866
End Date
1989
Period or Date Notes
James Peek & George Frean started the company. Peek Frean & Co. was the first mass producer of biscuits and employed over 3,000 people in its time from when it opened in 1866 to when it closed in the late 80s. (1989)
Description
a) A round, squat tin with red background with a stylized design featuring holly leaves and stars in gold. The bottom of the tin and the outer edge of the lid are bordered in a wave-like pattern, also in gold. The bottom of the tin is gold colored with fragments of paper label. At the center is a small heraldic design with 'BY APPOINTMENT'' BISCUIT & VITA-WEAT' 'CRISPBREAD MANUFACTURERS' below. Also, 'PEEK, FREAN & CO. LTD., BISCUIT MANUFACTURERS, LONDON, ENGLAND'. Below this at the edge of the tin is 'U.K. PATENTS 486002, 486083, 514045, 514046' and 'MADE IN ENGLAND'. b) The lid of the tin which is also red with the same design of holly leaves and stars in gold. It features a picture of a child in a white frilly blouse, holding a bunny. A gold border encircles the picture.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
PAPER;
Height
7.4
Diameter
20.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
1980.165.7 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
Description
A). A rectangular, metal tin. The inside is plain metal but the bottom and sides have a paper covering. The bottom is white with a sticker that says "11 1/4 ozs. NET WEIGHT". The sides have ripped grey and white paper - the top half of the label has been ripped off. Both long sides has the bottom h…
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Manufacturer
Peek, Frean & Co. Ltd
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England: London
Start Date
1866
End Date
1989
Period or Date Notes
James Peek & George Frean started the company. Peek Frean & Co was the first mass producer of biscuits and employed over 3,000 people in its time from when it opened in 1866 to when it closed in the late 80s (1989)
Description
A). A rectangular, metal tin. The inside is plain metal but the bottom and sides have a paper covering. The bottom is white with a sticker that says "11 1/4 ozs. NET WEIGHT". The sides have ripped grey and white paper - the top half of the label has been ripped off. Both long sides has the bottom half of a word in blue writing with "PEEK-FREAN & CO LTD." underneath it. Both short sides have "BISCUIT MANUFACTURER LONDON ENGLAND" in blue and white writing. One side has the remains of a sticker with "PEEK, FREAN (CAN)..". B). The metal lid with a paper label on the front. In white lettering on a blue background it says "PEEK FREAN'S PLAY BOX BISCUITS REGD PEEK, FREAN & CO, LTD., LONDON, ENGLAND. Around this are pictures of cookies with white, pink, red, brown, and blue icing. Drawn on them are designs of animals, tea sets, and people.
Narrative
These biscuits had a hard icing on them and each one represented different popular nursery rhymes.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-TIN;
Width
16.6
Length
23
Depth
4.2
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
1993.11.21 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Description
a) A metal square tin with cream, gold, and red details. On two opposite sides is a red banner with "PEEK FREAN'S" in white lettering surrounded by a gold design. Below this in red lettering is "MADE BY PEEK, FREAN & CO., LTD., LONDON, S.E.16, ENGLAND". On the other two sides is "PEEK, FREAN & CO.,…
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Manufacturer
Peek Frean & Company Ltd.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England
Start Date
1866
End Date
1989
Period or Date Notes
The company was formed by James Peek & George Frean. Peek Frean & Co was the first mass producer of biscuits and employed over 3,000 people in its time from when it opened in 1866 to when it closed in the late 80's (1989)
Description
a) A metal square tin with cream, gold, and red details. On two opposite sides is a red banner with "PEEK FREAN'S" in white lettering surrounded by a gold design. Below this in red lettering is "MADE BY PEEK, FREAN & CO., LTD., LONDON, S.E.16, ENGLAND". On the other two sides is "PEEK, FREAN & CO., LIMITED AFTERNOON TEA ASSORTED FAMOUS ENGLISH BISCUITS" in gold, white, and red lettering. b) The metal push-on lid for the tin. On the front of the tin on a red background is "TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN BISCUIT MANUFACTURERS. PEEK, FREAN & CO., LTD. PEEK FREAN'S FAMOUS ENGLISH BISCUIT". There is a blue and white sticker obscuring part of the label which says "large cake Nove 5/96 Nov 11/99".
History Of Use
Maunfactured biscuits in bulk
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Height
12
Width
22.5
Length
22.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
2016.7.2 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Description
a) A round metal cookie tin with pictures of cookies all over the sides. The cookies have white, red, blue, yellow, and brown icing with designs of humans and animals drawn on them. Written on two white cookies in black ink is "MADE BY PEEK, FREAN, & CO. LTD LONDON, ENGLAND". Written on a blue cook…
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Manufacturer
Peek Frean & Company
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England
Start Date
1866
End Date
1989
Period or Date Notes
James Peek & George Frean started the company. Peek Frean & Co. was the first mass producer of biscuits and employed over 3,000 people in its time from when it opened in 1866 to when it closed in the late 80s.
Description
a) A round metal cookie tin with pictures of cookies all over the sides. The cookies have white, red, blue, yellow, and brown icing with designs of humans and animals drawn on them. Written on two white cookies in black ink is "MADE BY PEEK, FREAN, & CO. LTD LONDON, ENGLAND". Written on a blue cookies on the bottom of the tin is H.B.&S. LTD. READING, ENGLAND. b) The metal push-on lid with pictures of the same cookies across the top. Written in the centre on a blue background is "BISCUIT AND VITA-WEAT CRISPBREAD MANUFACTURERS BY APPOINTMENT PEEK FREAN'S PLAYBOX REGD BISCUITS".
History Of Use
Used for biscuits
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Height
9.7
Diameter
20
Circumference
64.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
2016.7.5 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
a) A flat, cream-colored, rectangular tin. The sides of the box show a scene of men riding horses in the country. Both ends are similar to each other, as are front and back. The bottom of the box has a remnant of label with pictures of cookies and 'PEEK FREAN LONDON' printed on one cookie and "PE…
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Manufacturer
Peek Frean & Co
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England
Start Date
1866
End Date
1989
Period or Date Notes
Peek Frean & Co started by James Peek & George Frean. Peek Frean & Co. was the first mass producer of biscuits and employed over 3,000 people in its time from when it opened in 1866 to when it closed in the late 80s (1989)
Description
a) A flat, cream-colored, rectangular tin. The sides of the box show a scene of men riding horses in the country. Both ends are similar to each other, as are front and back. The bottom of the box has a remnant of label with pictures of cookies and 'PEEK FREAN LONDON' printed on one cookie and "PEEK FRE.. JERS... CREA.. LONDON" printed on another cookie. b) The push-on lid for the tin with a picture of a jockey in a red and blue jacket with gold trim, white pants, and a black hat. 'GORDON RICHARDS (Champion British Jockey)' is printed on the front edge of the lid.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
4.6
Width
16
Length
20
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
1991.82.1 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Handkerchief and Soft Collar Holder

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Description
a) Handkerchief holder or bag, made of brown leather with strap and silver buckle with engraving. Interior has two pockets, one labeled ' Soft Collars', the other ' Handkerchiefs' in gold stylized writing. Interior of the pockets is a blue and orange floral patterned fabric. b) white linen handherc…
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Other Names
collar bag
Handkerchief bag
Category
PERSONAL OBJECTS
Sub-Category
PERSONAL GEAR
Start Date
1830
End Date
1930
Period or Date Notes
Source: https://library.wustl.edu/advertising-19th-century-detachable-collar/, accessed 1/18/2019
Description
a) Handkerchief holder or bag, made of brown leather with strap and silver buckle with engraving. Interior has two pockets, one labeled ' Soft Collars', the other ' Handkerchiefs' in gold stylized writing. Interior of the pockets is a blue and orange floral patterned fabric. b) white linen handherchief with "M" embroidered in red thread. c) white linen handherchief
History Of Use
Detachable collars worn by men that were unstarched were referred to as "soft collars". Detachable collars were most popular from the mid nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1990.64.1 a-c
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Description
Bush or brush hook has a 91.5 cm oval, wooden handle with open hearth metal blade strapped by metal collar on one end and through metal eye on upper portion. The double-edged blade is curved outwards similar to a scythe with the bottom rounded. Blade measures 29.5 cm by 9.5cm and is still quite sha…
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Manufacturer
Collins & Co
Other Names
Bush hook
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
AGRICULTURE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Start Date
1826
End Date
1950
Period or Date Notes
Dates based on Collins & Co. records held by the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut
Description
Bush or brush hook has a 91.5 cm oval, wooden handle with open hearth metal blade strapped by metal collar on one end and through metal eye on upper portion. The double-edged blade is curved outwards similar to a scythe with the bottom rounded. Blade measures 29.5 cm by 9.5cm and is still quite sharp. Handle has scroll end and is wearing due to age. Stamped on blade is "COLLINS & CO / HARTFORD" and "LEGITIMUS"
History Of Use
Bush hook was used for agriculture use in controlling underbrush and the clearing of grasses.
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Width
26.5
Length
103
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1979.115.22
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Description
Dark yellow celluloid vanity set with silver and black floral and leaf design featured throughout. Set consists of: a) hand mirror b) hair brush c) comb d) tray e) base and f) lid of jewelery box. "Jewels" is written in a script on the top of the lid. g) base and h) lid of small pot, likely for fac…
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Manufacturer
Ausco
Original Owner
May Simpson
Manufacturer Notes
Ausco manufactured vanity and toiletry sets in celluloid and pyroxylin (a type of celluloid). It appears their products were sold in Canada at Eaton's at least until the 1930s based on catalogued and advertisements available online.
Category
PERSONAL OBJECTS
Sub-Category
TOILET ARTICLE
Start Date
1870
End Date
1939
Period or Date Notes
Celluloid plastics were primarily manufactured between 1870 and the 1930s. These items are likely from the early 1900s to 1920s based on presence of the hair receiver, which is an item that was more popular during Victorian era and the early 1900s.
Description
Dark yellow celluloid vanity set with silver and black floral and leaf design featured throughout. Set consists of: a) hand mirror b) hair brush c) comb d) tray e) base and f) lid of jewelery box. "Jewels" is written in a script on the top of the lid. g) base and h) lid of small pot, likely for face powder or cream i) base and j) lid of hair receiver. Lid has hole in the middle. k) picture frame with l) glass insert m) clock n) clothes brush o) top of nail buff (deaccessioned due to deterioration) p) bottom of nail buff q) hat brush r) manicure tool s) small square box. Part t) is one side of the box that has been detached u) shoe horn (deaccessioned due to deterioration) v) picture frame with glass insert
History Of Use
Item was part of a donation from the estate of Art and May Simpson, who came to Smithers in the 1920s.
Number Of Parts
21
Accession No.
1999.2.14 a-v
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
GLASS
Description
Rectangular clear bottle with slight blue tinge. Short neck and very round lip. The bottle has numerous inscriptions: Front: DR. S. N. THOMAS / ECLECTRIC OIL Side: INTERNAL Back: NORTHROP & LYMAN CO. LIMITED / TORONTO ONT. Side: EXTERNAL
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Title
Dr. S.N. Thomas Eclectric Oil
Artist or Maker
Dr. S.N. Thomas
Manufacturer
Northrop & Lyman Co. Limited
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
MERCHANDISING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
Canada: Toronto, Ontario
Start Date
1874
End Date
1920
Period or Date Notes
According to the Sullivan article, the wording on glass surfaces was not altered between the late 1870s/early 1880s and 1920. Bottles marked in the same manner as this artifact are seen in both hand-blown and machine-made bottles.
Description
Rectangular clear bottle with slight blue tinge. Short neck and very round lip. The bottle has numerous inscriptions: Front: DR. S. N. THOMAS / ECLECTRIC OIL Side: INTERNAL Back: NORTHROP & LYMAN CO. LIMITED / TORONTO ONT. Side: EXTERNAL
Publications
Sullivan, Catherine. "Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil". Parks Canada Rearch Bulletin No. 218, May 1984. http://parkscanadahistory.com/series/rb/218.pdf Accessed Dec 2016
History Of Use
In Canada, Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil was introduced by Northrop & Lyman of Newcastle, Canada West in 1871. They had an agreement with proprietor Dr. S.N. Thomas of Phelps, New York to manufacture the medicine and sell it in bottles under their own name. Northrup & Lyman moved to Toronto in 1874. Eclectric Oil was an all-purpose internal and external family remedy for man and beast.
Material
GLASS
Inscriptions
DR. S. N. THOMAS / ECLECTRIC OIL
EXTERNAL
INTERNAL
NORTHROP & LYMAN CO. LIMITED / TORONTO ONT.
Accession No.
2016.27.3
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Description
a) Metal base/stand of vaporizer b) lamp c) plate d) box
Title
Vapo-Cresolene
Manufacturer
Vapo-Cresolene Co.
Other Names
Lamp
Place Of Manufacture
United States: New York
Start Date
1879
End Date
1959
Period or Date Notes
Vapo-Cresolene Company established in 1879. The vaporizers were manufactured until the 1950s.
Description
a) Metal base/stand of vaporizer b) lamp c) plate d) box
Publications
Featured in "From the Back Room" article in Interior News, November 21st 2018 print edition
History Of Use
Vapo-Cresolene vaporizers were manufactured beginning in the 1870s. Cresolene (the substance vaporized by the heat of the lamp) is a form of coal tar. It was intended to relieve a whole range of respiratory ailments including croup, whooping cough, sore throats, pneumonia, and allergies, as well as complications from measles, scarlet fever, and diphtheria. The user simply filled the tiny lamp with kerosene, lit the flame, and then filled the removable tray with the cresolene
Accession No.
2018.86.1 a-d
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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