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The Bubbling Cup: 1910

The Bubbling Cup: 1910

Chicago circa 1910. "Around a bubbling cup, Lincoln Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The young man on the left is at Attention, the one of the right is At Ease!

Not really

That's not really a bubbling cup, is it? According to the description it shouldn't have spigots, and none of the kids should need cups.

[The poetically descriptive term "bubbling cup" seems to have referred to water fountains in general, regardless of the particulars of plumbing. - Dave]

Hence the term Bubbler

In Milwaukee many still refer to the water cooler as a bubbler.

The Kiss of Life

From a contemporary article on sanitary facilities at public schools:

The only sanitary drinking fountain is that in which no drinking cup is required.

Drinking fountains of this type are now much used, the water issuing through bubbling cups which may be adjusted to give any-desired amount of water. The user simply places his mouth over the stream coming from the bubbling cup, his mouth coming in contact with nothing but the water. The ordinary fountain with its common drinking cup is unsanitary and a successful agent for the spreading of many diseases. These fountains are made singly in pedestal form, and in batteries of any number of bubbling cups, the latter being especially desirable for school use.

Just beautiful.

This is a delight.

No trouble in this city!

Clearly, ABOVE the knee!

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