Soper-type portable disinfector, England, 1879-1913
Designed to be hung from a wall, this portable device was intended to ‘disinfect’ an area. In reality this might simply have meant attempting to neutralise the odour in foul-smelling areas. The disinfector was made by J. Stiff & Sons, a pottery business based in Lambeth, London, which produced a wide range of goods.
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Glossary: typhoid fever
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