Water Coolers & Dispensers Photos

Before buildings had running water, public and private buildings provided dispensers of water. Stoneware and ceramic crocks had the advantage that evaporation cooled the remaining water.

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Skillets & water cooler in kitchen at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Fish & beehive stoneware water cooler by Moses Tyler & Co. of Albany, NY at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Goddess stoneware water cooler by A. Drown of Troy, NY at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Blue flow salt glaze ice water dispenser at Barbours General Store museum. Saint John, NB.
Skillets & water cooler in kitchen at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Fish & beehive stoneware water cooler (1822) by Moses Tyler & Co. of Albany, NY at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Goddess stoneware water cooler (1822) by A. Drown of Troy, NY at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Blue flow salt glaze ice water dispenser at Barbours General Store museum. Saint John, NB.
Water jug & dipper in Raton schoolhouse at Rancho de las Golondrinas. Santa Fe, NM.Stoneware water cooler with American eagle marked American House, Columbus, Ohio at museum of Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Harker, Taylor & Co., East Liverpool, Ohio water dispenser at Museum of Ceramics. East Liverpool, OH.Harker, Taylor & Co., East Liverpool, Ohio water dispenser at Museum of Ceramics. East Liverpool, OH.
Water jug & dipper in Raton schoolhouse at Rancho de las Golondrinas. Santa Fe, NM.Stoneware water cooler (c1845) with American eagle marked American House, Columbus, Ohio at museum of Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Harker, Taylor & Co., East Liverpool, Ohio water dispenser at Museum of Ceramics. East Liverpool, OH.Harker, Taylor & Co., East Liverpool, Ohio water dispenser at Museum of Ceramics. East Liverpool, OH.
Stoneware water keg painted with deer by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Stoneware water keg painted with deer by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Stoneware water jug painted with fruit by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Salt-glaze water cooler in museum room of Farmer's & Merchant's Union Bank. Columbus, WI.
Stoneware water keg (c1850s) painted with deer by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Stoneware water keg (1850-9) painted with deer by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Stoneware water jug (1859) painted with fruit by J&E Norton Pottery of Bennington, VT at Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT.Salt-glaze water cooler (1990s) in museum room of Farmer's & Merchant's Union Bank. Columbus, WI.
Canton enamel on brass hot water kettle & burner at Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, WV.Pueblo pottery water jar with narrow spaced lines typical of Classic Mesa Verde Style at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.Acoma pueblo pottery water jar at New Mexico Museum of Art. Santa Fe, NM.Coin silver water pitcher at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.
Canton enamel on brass hot water kettle & burner (Qianlong Period, 1736-1795) at Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, WV.Pueblo pottery water jar with narrow spaced lines typical of Classic Mesa Verde Style at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.Acoma pueblo pottery water jar (c1900-05) at New Mexico Museum of Art. Santa Fe, NM.Coin silver water pitcher at Mobile Museum. Mobile, AL.
Silver water heater kettle from Bolivia at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Silver water pitcher at Orchard House at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.Silver water urn, teapot & candlesticks at Denison Homestead Museum. Stonington, CT.Tilting hot water kettle given Danbury, CT fire department at Danbury Museum & Historical Society. Danbury, CT.
Silver water heater kettle (18th C) from Bolivia at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Silver water pitcher at Orchard House at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.Silver water urn, teapot & candlesticks at Denison Homestead Museum. Stonington, CT.Tilting hot water kettle given Danbury, CT fire department at Danbury Museum & Historical Society. Danbury, CT.
Table service with electric water kettle in New Jersey period English Chamber at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Kitchen eating table with hot water tilting pitcher at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Silver hot drink tankard at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Indianapolis, IN.Conrad-Caldwell House interior. Louisville, KY.
Table service with electric water kettle in New Jersey period English Chamber at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Kitchen eating table with hot water tilting pitcher at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Silver hot drink tankard at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Indianapolis, IN.Silver tankard in Conrad-Caldwell House. Louisville, KY.
Silver hot water kettle on sideboard in dining room at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Water tankard in dining room at Orchard House. Concord, MA.Tiffany hot water pot & Vieu Paris porcelain at Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA.St. Mary's County Water Pitcher part of the battleship USS Maryland's silver service in State Capital. Annapolis, MD.
Silver hot water kettle on sideboard in dining room at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Water tankard in dining room at Orchard House. Concord, MA.Tiffany hot water pot & Vieu Paris porcelain (19th C) at Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA.St. Mary's County Water Pitcher (1906) part of the battleship USS Maryland's silver service in State Capital. Annapolis, MD.
Silver water service presented to Burlington railroad land agent in Museum of Nebraska History. Lincoln, NE.Silver hot water urn & stand by James Shruder of London, England at Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, OH.Goodwill ceramic bed & foot warmer & water carrier at Col. Simon Perkins Stone Mansion. Akron, OH.
Silver water service (1876) presented to Burlington railroad land agent in Museum of Nebraska History. Lincoln, NE.Silver hot water urn & stand (1752) by James Shruder of London, England at Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, OH.Goodwill ceramic bed & foot warmer & water carrier (1880's) at Col. Simon Perkins Stone Mansion. Akron, OH.

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