Label from a packet of 'Chloride of Lime'; 1876-1900

Label from a packet of 'Chloride of Lime'; 1876-1900
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

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This printed paper label is from a packet of 'Chloride of Lime'. Headed 'Chloride of Lime', the label explains that the 'preparation destroys all offensive and putrid efflucia, retards putrefaction; it purifies the air in sick or close rooms, and situations exposed to noxious vapours'. It also includes directions for use. At a time when many believed cholera was spread through foul air and the dreadful smell rising from the Thames chloride of lime was often used to cleanse the air and gutters.

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