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Image number: RS.14160
Credit: ©Halftones Limited

Chocolate inspection

Date

late nineteenth century

Creator - Organisation

Halftones Limited, Photographer

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 166 mm
width (print): 214mm

Subject

Description

Half-portrait of an unknown chemist inspecting a bar of chocolate. He wears a waistcoat and white shirt, and looks down at his workstation.

Photographed in the Government Laboratory on Clements Inn Passage, London. The Government Laboratory was established in 1842 for the prevention of adulteration of tobacco products, but the 1875 Sale of Food and Drugs Law broadened its remit to include food and drink products.

Verso inscription: ‘HOW THE GOVERNMENT PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM FRAUD.

Whenever the goods are supplied to the army or navy by contact samples are always sent to the Government Laboratories to be tested in order that contractors may be compelled to maintain the standard of quality required. Our photograph shows chocolate supplies for the navy undergoing a severe test.

COPYRIGHT HALFTONES LIMITED
17, FLEET STREET, E.C.’

From the papers of Thomas Thorpe. Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe (1845-1925), British chemist served as Chief Chemist to the British Government, as Director of the Government Laboratory, from 1894 to 1909. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863.

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