Odd Imagery

The Vapo-Cresolene

This device was available from 1879 to 1957.

“Vapo-Cresolene, marketed in various forms since the late 19th century, vaporized a coal-tar by-product[Cresolene] in the included apparatus for inhalation to allegedly treat a host of diseases, including diphtheria and influenza.”

Obviously, this is a horrific thing to inhale! There are Coal-tar shampoos on the market today that if you were to use as recommended – you could tell by the look and smell how awful the “Vapo-Cresolene” would had been.

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