Antique Medicinal vaporizer
Here is a fond memory from our childhood...
The vaporizer shown in the attached photo was first produced about 1879 and remained on the market until well into the early 1950's.
The instructions on the box say to fill the lamp with kerosene and light the lamp, then turn the flame up as high as possible without creating smoke.
The burner should then be placed in a crockery or tin dish to catch spills in the event it is turned over.
The top pan is then filled with the Vapo-Cresoline liquid (In the bottle).
For best results it should be placed in an average size bedroom with the door and windows closed at bedtime and allowed to vaporize throughout the night.
The package in the photo was from the late 30's or early 40's and it is priced at $1.69 for the complete set, burner & bottle of liquid.
It also says that they made an electrically heated model that sold for $3.50 complete..
Jan says her mother still used this unit well into the late 50's and we found a box of replacement parts, burner, lamp chimneys, wicks and this full bottle of liquid. The box of replacement parts was post marked July, 30, 1943