ANTIQUE 1927 REVIGATOR RADIUM ORE WATER COOLER CROCK

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  • Sold Date: Jul 29,2008
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YOU ARE BIDDING ON A VINTAGE ANTIQUE STONEWARE REVIGATOR. YOU WILL FIND THAT THIS CROCK IS IN NEAR MINT CONDITION. IT WAS MISSING THE PAPER LABEL ON THE FRONT SO I COPIED AND PRINTED A DUPLICATE WHICH HAS BEEN PLACED ON IT (SEE PHOTO). IT CAN EASILY BE REMOVED IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT. THE LAST PHOTO SHOWS THE CROCK WITHOUT THE LABEL. THIS CROCK IS A PIECE OF HISTORY. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH QUACK CURES OF THE EARLY 1900's, THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF EARLY BELIEFS. I COPIED AND PASTED THIS AD FROM THE WEBSITE THAT TELLS ABOUT THE REVIGATOR. THE REVIGATOR WAS SOLD WITH THE BELIEF THAT IT WOULD MAKE A SICK PERSON WELL. THEY ADDED A LOW GRADE RADIUM ORE TO THE WATER AND THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO CURE THE SICK. THEY EVEN HAD A PLACE IN OKLAHOMA THAT HAD A RADIUM SPA. PEOPLE PAID TO SOAK UP THE CURE. USERS OF THE REVIGATOR WERE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS (PRINTED ON THE BOTTOM) OF THE CROCK COOLER:

1. Fill jar every night.

2. Use hydrant or any good water.

3. Drink freely when thirsty and upon arising and retiring. Average six or more glasses daily. This was probably the most popular device developed in the United States to add radon to drinking water. Advertised by the company as "an original radium ore patented water crock," it sold in the hundreds of thousands between 1920 and the mid-1930s.

The jar itself was lined with radium-containing ore and was glazed on the outside and porous on the inside. Water inside the jar would absorb the radon released by decay of the radium. Depending on the type of water, the resulting radon concentrations would range from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand picocuries per liter.

Radium Ore Revigator

[From The Journal of the American Medical Association, November 21, 1925]

The Propaganda for Reform Department

RADIUM ORE REVIGATOR

Capitalizing on Public's Ignorance of Radium and
Radioactivity

A huge traffic has been developed during the past four of five years in the sale of so-called radioactive pads, consisting of a few cents' worth of crude ore having a low grade of radioactivity and possessing no more therapeutic value than do the luminous figures on the dial of a two-dollar watch.
Still more recently a new scheme has been developed; that of selling water jars containing, ether as a part of the walls of the jar or as an accessory to the jar, some low-grade radioactive ore. These jars are sold under the general claim that they render water that is put into them radioactive and that this radioactive water will make you well if you are sick and keep you from getting sick if you are well.

"TIRED" DRINKING WATER

One of the most widely and extensively advertised of these devices is known as the "Radium Ore Revigator," put out by a California company. As is commonly the case with latter-day pseudo-medicine having large financial resources behind it, the Revigator concern put forward an hypothesis for which t is no foundation and proceeds to build its claims upon it. The thesis in this case is that the drinking water of today has a "basic fault." It is "denatured"; more than that, it is "tired or wilted water." If we are to believe the Revigator concern, the water that one hundred and nine million out of the hundred and ten million people of the United States drink is woefully lacking in an essential element. To quote from the Revigator advertising: "More illness is caused by improper water than any other reason and largely because radioactivity is lost from our daily supply of drinking water." Hence the Radium Ore Revigator to the rescue! "By the patented composition of highly selected and scientifically compounded radium ores of which the Revigator is made, this lost element is perpetually restored to all drinking water placed tin."

The public is told, further, that the tired, wilted denatured water that they are drinking lacks the "vigor gas" and the "vigor element" which "is just as necessary a part of water as hydrogen or oxygen." The Revigator "revigorates or restores natural vigor...

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