|Old Water Distiller Used in Lee's Drug Store|
Middlesboro, Kentucky, c. 1910
The process of distilling basically purifies the water by removing the various microscopic particles of such elements as salt, bacteria, iron, calcium, etc. The water is boiled until it changes to steam. The steam is collected and allowed to cool and return to a liquid state again. The microscopic elements are left behind as solid residue while the pure, newly made liquid is distilled water. This old distiller is what my grandfather and later my father used to make distilled water, and it is one of the few items that my dad kept when he sold Lee's Drug Store. Thanks, Dad, for saving this treasure for me.
Otto J. S. Boberg,"Where Distilled Water is Absolutely Necessary," Bulletin of Pharmacy, Vol. 13, p. 115.
"How to Make Distilled Water," How Stuff Works, TLC/Discovery