Accession Number: 2015.ihpst.28
Instrument Name: Hygienic Thermometer
The object consists of a glass thermometer mounted on a wooden base. The thermometer has a large bulb at the bottom, containing black mercury. The thermometer is attached to the base with brass-coloured metal mounts. At the top of the thermometer is a metal loop.
Alternative Name: Room Thermometer
Primary Materials: Wood, Glass, Metal, Mercury
The thermometer is labelled at the top with the words “HYGIENIC THERMOMETER”.
Along the length of the glass tube from the bulb to the tip are marked temperature measurements: 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75.
Corresponding to each temperature are given room temperature suggestions. 50 corresponds to “TOO COLD”, 55 to “BedRoom Cool”, 60 to “SICK ROOM”, 65 to “BedRoom Warm”, 70 to “TOO WARM”.
Width = 4.7cm, Length = 22.3cm Depth= 3cm
Thermometer used to determine the ideal heat in a room, particularly a sick room.
Thermometer is in good condition. Wood base and printed words are slightly worn. Mercury inside glass is dried.
Item donated by Jane Dowsett in May 2008. It belonged to her uncle Alexander Adam Beatty (Born April 10 1874 (Toronto) Died July 12 1960 (Toronto)) who was a probably medical student at the University of Toronto 1890-1895 (?).
Accompanying documentation: Letter from Jane Dowsett upon donation to collection and follow-up letter from Jane Dowsett about thermometer, empty envelope from Alexander Adam Beatty.
Donated to UTSIC: No