Advert for the Silicated Carbon Filter Company
Medium: Print on paper
Water supplies in Victorian towns and cities were notoriously poor. Industrial and household waste was very often tipped into rivers without any kind of purification process, so the water people drank was heavily polluted. A number of particularly severe cholera epidemics in the 1850s led to a greater understanding of water-borne diseases. This in turn sparked a concerted effort from industry and municipal government to introduce water filtration. This advert was part of a supplement issued with the Brewer's Journal. It shows a range of industrial and domestic water filters.