Sun-Kraft Wireless Cold-Quartz Ultraviolet Ray Health Lamp
This lamp was created to improve user’s health by exposing them to ultraviolet (UV) light. The therapy was marketed to treat all assortment of ailments from skin problems to ring worm, the common cold to arthritis. The full list of ailments that were thought to be treated with the lamp is listed below.
The lamp was used by plugging it into an outlet, turning a knob at the base until the lamp warmed up, then positioning the lamp 1-6 inches away from the area being treated. The light bulb contains mercury, which was vaporized during the lamp’s operation to generate ultraviolet light, and a reflector which directed and concentrated the light to the treatment area. The lamp is contained in a carrying case, which also included goggles, the instruction manual, and an advertisement for skin crème to accompany the lamp.
Charge of misbranding by Sun-Kraft - list of ailments treated with the lamp:
We have a few particularly large frames in the collection, housed in our Art Room, but when we found one in what will become our new archive space, we had to take a bit of a closer look. It was an oblong wreath with dozens of flowers, leaves, and other greenery. However, after a few minutes we realized that the frame didn't house just any fake flowers: the flowers themselves were made of a variety of seeds and nuts, including corn kernels, peanuts, walnuts, pine cones, pumpkin seeds, acorns, and more. Unfortunately, we don't have any information on who made it, when, or why. Based on the frame and materials used, it can be assumed that it was a Victorian piece, as we have a few other works similar to this one, but with different materials - including human hair. This wreath is currently on display as part of our Victorian Christmas exhibit, which will be on display until the end of December.