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Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

Kaiser Wilhelm Toilet Paper

I knew that it's popular to put politician's faces on toilet paper (for instance, Amazon sells Obama toilet paper as well as Mitt Romney toilet paper), but I didn't realize that these kind of novelty products were being sold even back in World War I. [via Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 11, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910s

Carpool DeVille

A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 14, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Cars

The Telephone Booth Shower

Back in 1996, two East German entrepreneurs came up with the idea of converting old telephone booths into shower stalls. They plumbed up two booths and sold them for 4000 marks each. However, their idea ran aground when Deutsche Telekom refused to sell them any more old booths, fearing that, in the words of their spokesman, "It would be problematic if someone wanted to make an emergency call and ran into the booth that was actually a shower."
[via top.net.nz]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 08, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Telephones, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1990s

Golden Wipe

My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.

It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).



Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 04, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Bathrooms, Overpriced Merchandise, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Excrement

The Niagara Wave and Rocking Bath

From the Victorian period. Looks like it would have been kinda fun. [source: The Virtual Victorian]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 02, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Nineteenth Century

Clean-O-Pore

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

Read the fascinating history of this device, plus others of the "vacuum suction" mode, at this site.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 04, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910s

His and Her Bathtubs

For couples who don't like to swap any germs.

COUPLE WELLNESS.
This new bath tub offers in the Wellness area the possibility of bathing together, yet separately. The form of the tub is reminiscent of the Chinese symbol Yin and Yang, which expresses the constant change of the opposites. The tub edge is drawn down in the middle so that the common bathing experience can be intensified.

TOGETHER, YET INDIVIDUALLY.
Each bather has her/his own bathing water. Temperature, bathing additives and the colour of the light can be chosen individually. Also in terms of hygiene, the separation of the bathing water is an optimal solution.

From Trautwein.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 18, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

The Turkobath

Add this to the 'inventions that flopped' folder. Susan Flynn, 20, gets ready to enjoy the "Turkobath" (i.e. a portable Turkish bath). This 1956 invention consisted of "a slotted plastic sheet with rubber suction cups that turn an ordinary home bathtub into a steam cabinet."

I can imagine that as the bath water cooled, you were left with a cold piece of plastic wrapped around you.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 10, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s

A Bath with a View



A predecessor to our famous fellow who attached his lawn chair to balloons.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 10, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1930s

The dangers of soap dust

Soap dust was one of the things people had to deal with in the days before liquid detergent became more common.

It got up your nose:



Plus, it was explosive:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 28, 2013 - Comments (17)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

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