ANTIQUE 1927 REVIGATOR RADIUM ORE WATER COOLER CROCK
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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.
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