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lamp, box, spectacles
Date Made/Found: 1956
Material and Medium: Metal and plastic and Fabric and Cardboard and Carbon
Dimensions: Overall (Heat Lamp): 296 × 115 × 273mm Overall (Carbon Boxes): 41 × 16 × 154mm Overall (Eye Protectors): 60 × 35 × 150mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 2015.23
This sun lamp was used by Frederick Box at his home in Intake, primarily to warm his muscles after exercise. Lamps like these were developed on the idea that sunshine is good for you, and that it helped kill bacteria and heal the skin. From the 1880s onwards it was used as a treatment for tuberculosis and other skin conditions. It was not until many years later that the risks associated with excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays were fully understood.
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