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Why don’t we have these lamposts in New Babbage?

At the Great Exhibition of 1897, a demonstration as made of a gas lamp that also included an automatic machine which could dispense a gallon of hot water, or a halfpennies worth of Beef tea essence, Cocoa, Milk, Sugar, Tea or Coffee.

These “Pluto Lamps” were developed by a company founded in 1896 by Mr. H M Robinson variously known as either the “Hot Water Supply Syndicate” or the “Refreshment Lamp Syndicate” and they installed a number of these vending machines around the city before seemingly vanishing with barely a memory of their existence.

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The Victorian gas lamps that sold cups of hot coffee

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12 Comments

  1. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg April 17, 2013

    Because then people wouldn’t need to go to CovoaJava?

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying April 17, 2013

    Fascinating. I had no idea these ever exisited. They clearly had high hopes for these lamps and I see they also dispensed cigarettes, postcards, and one had a telegraph recorder for police use. But I must say that the mention of “fluid beef” makes me cringe.

    Ying Industries is missing an opportunity here. I should form a syndicate.

    • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger April 17, 2013

      Perhaps we can corner the market for Jerky-Aide?

      • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood April 18, 2013

        Is it like hot-dog water? 

        Drippings?

        Pot likker?

        Gravy?

  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 17, 2013

    we got ones that dispense petite pirate fleets… that’s almost as good as hot water.

     

  4. Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer April 17, 2013

    That’s wonderful.  I just added it to my Coffee History links at cocoajava.com (yes, your cafe IS named after a website.)

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