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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 19th century, which was intended to allow people to wade in the ocean at beaches without violating Victorian notions of modesty. Bathing machines were in the form of roofed and walled wooden carts which would be rolled into the sea. Some had solid wooden walls; others had canvas walls over a wooden frame.

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1 comment:

peterpoe said...

If you like obsolete devices, check out the Bagatelle, an ancestor of flipper.