Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer

Let’s begin with an image. This is a Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer.

The Vapo-Creolene Vaporizer at Market Lavington Museum

The Vapo-Creolene Vaporizer at Market Lavington Museum

What a work of elegance! There is a simple paraffin burner designed to heat a substance to produce a vapour. The vapour was said to be health giving and, as the somewhat worn box says, ‘to cure as you sleep’.

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The burner has a small glass paraffin tank.

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But having the box for this item really makes for interest.

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We can see that the manufacturers claim effectiveness for treating whooping cough and got their device registered in various countries towards the end of the 19th century.

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Some science to tell us that using Vapo-Cresolene is the only way!

Look at all these ailments the device treats.

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This device and original packaging probably date from around 1900.

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