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Here's the inauguration of the first Pluto Hot Water Lamp on Exmouth Street in London in 1899. These lamps included an automatic machine that could dispense a gallon of hot water, beef tea essence, cocoa, milk, sugar, tea or coffee.

Here's the inauguration of the first Pluto Hot Water Lamp on Exmouth Street in London in 1899. These lamps included an automatic machine that could dispense a gallon of hot water, beef tea essence, cocoa, milk, sugar, tea or coffee.

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StanTheMan002

“Beef tea essence” Excuse me what?


ThatOnePunkEmpath

Perhaps Bovril?


iklegemma

Bovril was my first thought too.


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sphulcrum

Electrolytes?


meat_popsicle13

It’s what plants crave.


Ass_Blossom

Breast milk?


RotationSurgeon

Thinnish beef broth intended to be drunk rather than cooked with.


starcadia

Broth?


spidarmen

[Dehydrated Beef was included in the 1899-1902 British Emergency Ration and was used for Tea](https://youtu.be/jZoHuMwZwTk?t=195)


kermityfrog

https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/blog/beef-tea-very-19th-century-remedy


HiredG00N

Who pissed in the dispenser and ruined it for everyone?


WhiskeyDickens

Guaranteed some drunk peed on it the very night it was opened. Victorian London was a fun mixture of incredibly rigid and incredibly lawless.


LordMat90

Truly we live in the least civilized time.


Mr_A_Rye

I'VE GOT A VENTI BEEF TEA ESSENCE WITH 3 PUMPS OF CASTOR OIL AT THE BAR FOR A PHINEAS!


seastars96

More proof that civilization peaked over 100 years ago...


BCurios

We still have them in most of London. The beef essence is delicious.


RotationSurgeon

Bovril!


smallpistachio

I want a little personal-sized one for my kitchen.


s1lverv1p

Man I want beef tea essence out of a dirty public spout embedded into a lamp.


pavarottilaroux

Daaaamn, proof that Robert Pattinson is an actual vampire (far left with the chops you’re welcome)


fatBlackSmith

Mmmmmm. Beef tea essence.


plexico_

A gallon!?! That's what inflation gets you! Now I can only get a small styrofoam filled only at 60% that taste like cardboard out of a public coffee machine.


PolskiHeart

Whoa hey where are these now?


swiftkidder

Privilege


AcanthocephalaSure18

Well I know how I'm labeling all my broths at work now. Ty


ffrsh

That one guy flipping the bird to the cam