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c. 1900


This Collection contains two lamps, a box for one of the vaporizer lamps, and a bottle of Vapo – Cresolene, a patented medicine that was used for upper respiratory issues. The liquid was heat by the oil lamp and breathed in by a patient. According to the box, this product was designed to treat whooping cough, bronchitis, spasmodic croup, and asthma.

The Vapo – Cresolene Company was located in New York, N.Y. Both lamps are marked with the patent date of Aug. 4. 1885 – Aug. 8. 1888.

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medical equipment

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9.5 x 8 x 16, 9.5 x 8.3 x 16.4, 3.5 x 3.5 x 10.8, 9 x 8 x 16

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Measurements are from left to right, All measurements were taken in centimeters. Measurements are listed as “length by width by height” or “height by diameter” unless otherwise noted.

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