A typical bubbler

Bubbler is a trademarked name that refers to what some may call a drinking fountain.


History of device

The Bubbler' was developed in 1889 by the then-small Kohler Water Works (now Kohler Company) in Kohler, Wisconsin, which was already well-known for its faucet production. While Harlan Huckleby is credited with the actual design, it was Kohler who patented it and trademarked the name. The original Bubbler shot water one inch straight into the air, creating a bubbling texture, and the excess water ran back down over the sides of the nozzle. It was several years later before the Bubbler adopted the arc projection, which may have allowed the drinker to partake more easily, or was perceived to be more sanitary.

The bubbler concept took off and there were many copies. Since the name was trademarked, other companies named their fountains "The Gurgler" and "The Gusher".

Original working examples of the Bubbler can be found today around the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.

Current usage of term

"Bubbler" is still used as a generic term in several regional dialects of the United States, originating in eastern Wisconsin and remaining well-known throughout the state. The term is widely used in NSW Australia. Oregon is also known to be quite familiar with the term, specifically in the Portland region where in the late 1800s Simon Benson installed 20 fountains, which are now known in the Portland area as "Benson Bubblers". It is also commonly used in New England, especially in the state of Rhode Island and in the cities of Worcester, MA and Lowell, MA. Despite its widespread usage in the aforementioned areas, the term "water fountain" is much more commonly used than "bubbler" throughout the remainder of North America.

A school bubbler

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  • Bubbler — Bub bler, n. 1. One who cheats. [1913 Webster] All the Jews, jobbers, bubblers, subscribers, projectors, etc. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A fish of the Ohio river; so called from the noise it makes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bubbler — ☆ bubbler [bub′lər] n. a drinking fountain in which water is forced up in a small arc from a nozzle …   English World dictionary

  • Bubbler — Ein Bubbler bzw. Bubbler System, manchmal auch als Dampfdrucksättiger bezeichnet, ist ein Bestandteil einer Anlage zur metallorganischen chemischen Gasphasenabscheidung (MOCVD). Sein Zweck ist es dabei, die als Ausgangsstoffe (Prekursoren)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bubbler — n. 1) Water fountain. I m going to get a drink at the bubbler. 2) Water fountain. This has been submitted and is in the dictionary, but I would add that, as far as I know, this is another Rhode Island only term, like cabinet. Get a drink of water …   Dictionary of american slang

  • bubbler — /ˈbʌblə / (say bubluh) noun Especially NSW and Qld a small fountain which ejects a jet of water into the drinker s mouth: *All you had to do was turn the tap and bend your pursed lips to the bubbler. –clive james, 1980. Compare Chiefly Victoria… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bubbler — noun Date: 1914 1. a drinking fountain from which a stream of water bubbles upward 2. one that bubbles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bubbler — /bub leuhr/, n. 1. a drinking fountain that spouts water. 2. Chem. any device for bubbling gas through a liquid. [1710 20; BUBBLE + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bubbler — noun a) Any device that creates a bubbling action. b) A drinking fountain. Syn: drinking fountain, water fountain, bong …   Wiktionary

  • bubbler — Смотри Барботер …   Энциклопедический словарь по металлургии

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