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A "Stand Up Bath"

Post  Earl Levi Halvorsen on Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:43 pm

I am a subscriber to "Handyman" a magazine about woodworking, tools, home repair, etc.

In today's email from Handyman, was the following article.
http://www.handymanclub.com/Projects/Project.aspx?id=34154

Among the therapeutic showers of the late 1800s was a needle shower (see photo) by the J.L. Mott Iron Works. This precursor of today's multiple-head spa showers looked like a cylindrical ribcage, enveloping the bather with pipes, steam and sprays of water from every direction.

There is a photo in that article that I thought all of you voyagers into the past would enjoy. While not as momentous as saying the computer really started with the Babbitch Difference engine, here we have a wonderful example of Today's luxuries being invented and in use in the Victorian age.

http://www.handymanclub.com/Projects/Project.aspx?id=34154
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Re: A "Stand Up Bath"

Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:27 pm

While I'm sure it provided an enjoyable bathing experience, that thing looks a bit too much like an implement of torture for my taste. xD Rather like a poorly-constructed iron maiden.
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Post  Dr. Oliver Cross on Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:15 am

This appears to be very closely related to the type of shower one saw advertised in the days of the housing boom, when it seemed everyone and their half-brother's cousin twice removed's third cousin's uncle by marrage was remodeling their house.

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Re: A "Stand Up Bath"

Post  Captain Lyerly on Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:26 pm

Actually, up close these are really great!

If anyone is in possession of far more dollars than sense, there is one for sale at a most steamy place - a secret Emporium of Wonders I have found! - it is in Baltimore, an architectural salvage place known as Second Chance. http://www.secondchanceinc.org/

I am giving away one of my treasured secret sources here. Make the most of it!

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