SHELVES OF MY BOOKCASE, AND
FOUND THE FRAGILE BOX, INSCRIBED
WITH THE LOGO, VAPO-CRESOLENE.
IT DIDN'T CONTAIN THE LAMP I
WANTED TO FIND, WHICH WAS MADE
TO HEAT A CREOSOLE SOLUTION
to cure what ailed the patient,
Inhaling the vapors was thought
to cure Bronchitis, Spasmodic Croup,
Asthma, and Whooping Cough.
Also to be used for distemper of
horses and dogs, and respiratory
diseases of animals, and manufactured
by Vapo-Cresolene Co.
62 Cortland St., NY, NY.
Care should be taken the first 15
minutes to make sure the device
doesn't smoke or explode.
From the late 19th Century through
the mid- 20th Century, many substances,
prohibited today, were legally available.
Pan American World Airways promoted
in their menu, the purchase of a
Benzedrine Inhaler, (amphetamine),
which was an over the counter
product till the 1950's.
I haven't yet found the vaporizer to complete
the set. It's back there somewhere. Mine is
clear glass, not the milk glass shown
in the illustration.
I would never have begun the search
for the vaporizer if it hadn't been for
Willow's post yesterday about a
lovely oil lamp.
So thank you for the inspiration!
Maybe they didn't travel as fast in
old days, but they seem to have had
a smoother trip.