Vapo-Cresolene Lamp

We received a lovely donation this week of a Vapo-Cresolene Lamp designed for vaporizing cresylic acid/ coal tar acid. It was used to “cure or considerably alleviate diseases of the respiratory system and throat”, as well as to sanitize “sick rooms where bacteria were thought to lurk.” c.1880’s
To read more about these devices, check out this webpage: http://www.thelampworks.com/lw_vapo_cresolene.htm