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Advert for Spong & Co's fire escape

Advert for Spong & Co's fire escape

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: Evan.6952

Item number: 6952

Genre: Leaflet

With open fireplaces in almost every room of the average house, and lighting generally provided by candle or unstable gas and oil flames, fire was a risk that the Victorians struggled to keep to a minimum. And if a fire did break out there was very little that a family could do: most homes did not even have piped water.

Having a means of escaping fire such as this rope-and-pulley device was very important, particularly as bedrooms were usually located on a house's third or fourth floor.

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