An allegorical illustration of an old woman holding a globe and surrounded by planets, she represents the fifth element of ether or aether. Ether was the element thought to fill the atmosphere in the celestial realm, which presumably existed outside of the terrestrial realm.
This illustration comes from the chemical catalog for the Grasselli Chemical Company in Cleveland, Ohio. It includes a short company history, a list of chemicals manufactured by the company, and summaries on the history and use of some of the chemicals. Throughout the pamphlet there are allegorical illustrations in the art nouveau style. Many of the illustrations are signed C. H. Crittenden.
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