Oculist's Advertising Thermometer C1880 Item # F1511
his optician's thermometer is a brilliant example of early utilitarian advertisement. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businesses needed to peddle their wares through something more permanent than the pamphlets that had littered the ground for so many decades. These advertising thermometers were ideal because they were made of sturdier materials (usually tin or wood and eventually porcelain) and they had a dual purpose. Train stations and general stores were more likely to leave the advertisements up, as they also served to tell the temperature.
This advertising thermometer comes to us from late 19th century St. Louis, where Dr. G. Moritz was serving the community as an oculist and optician. The sign features wonderful late-century graphics and fonts and, although the gas has been drained, a zinc-framed thermometer.
Condition notes: Wonderful aged condition with scratches in the stamped lettering and wood. All of this only adds to the character of the piece.
- Historical Style: Victorian
- Condition notes: Wonderful aged condition with scratches in the stamped lettering and wood. All of this only adds to the character of the piece.
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