The dangers of an unpurified gas supply, cartoon, 19th century.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
From a collection of prints and books documenting the early history of the gas industry amased by Sir Arthur Elton. Headlined 'Our gas, (with fond regards to our company for purifying it so thoroughly)', this cartoon strip tells the story of a man who, as a result of using a gas fire, is left permanently covered in a layer of sulpher from the unpurified gas he is receiving. After his friends fail to rouse him he is finally discovered centuries later and is put in a museum as an example of a man preserved by sulpher. The visitors to the museum are wearing a 'style of dres, somewhat resembling a diver's, in vogue in England at that future period'.