Defeating “The Cup of Death”

Mueller Sanitary Pedestal Drinking FountainIn the summer of 1911, Decatur newspapers were filled with the buzz of the new state law abolishing the public drinking cup. “The Cup of Death”, would soon be a thing of the past. Medical science had identified the communal drinking cup which was chained to a faucet in public places as a source for the spread of deadly epidemics which were sweeping through communities.

The concern became how to secure a drink of water at public locations if the cups were no longer available. A long-term solution was needed and so the race was on amongst manufacturers to create a sanitary drinking fountain for public use.

Read the story behind the Mueller Museum’s new acquisition: The Mueller Sanitary Drinking Fountain in the summer 2013 Mueller Record Newsletter…