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