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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Because then people wouldn’t need to go to CovoaJava?
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.
Perhaps we can corner the market for Jerky-Aide?
Is it like hot-dog water?
we got ones that dispense petite pirate fleets… that’s almost as good as hot water.
Mmmm… fluid beef…
That has an oddly alluring sound to it…
I’d heard of beef tea before, but I didn’t know how it was actually made. Interesting!
It’s like a distillate!
*considers a few new menu items for the Gangplank*
This year’s Iron Bay Chef is going to be fun.
It’s very good when yer ill, an yes, i have had it! :-) Bovril is how most of us know it, and it is of period!
That’s wonderful. I just added it to my Coffee History links at cocoajava.com (yes, your cafe IS named after a website.)