The Inland Architect and News Record Volume 46

The Inland Architect and News Record Volume 46

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905-08 edition. Excerpt: ... in English and continental hotels, with the lines of neat and strong iron pipe universally employed in this country; but there are few American tourists who, after enjoying what is called in Italian hotels:1 "grand bath," which is taken, after waiting half an hour or so for its preparation, in a sort of marble sarcophagus, lined for the reception of the bather with clean sheets, in order that his skin may not be rubbed off by contact with the stone, do not think with regret of the pure white porcelain or enameled baths of their own homes, which, for cleanliness and comfort, are far superior to any tub that was ever hollowed out of Carrara marble. Although the so-called "porcelain," or rather earthenware, bath tubs have been in use in England and in this country for about twenty years, their cost, for a long time after their first introduction, was so great, ranging from $400 to $600 or more, that none but the rich could afford to use them, and even the rich had to use them with circumspection, as their weight was enormous and many bath roo.m floors were incapable of supporting them with safety. At that time, however, there was nothing else to be had which possessed anything like the same qualities, and those, who were unable to use them contented themselves in this country with tubs lined with tinned copper, the lead-lined baths of the English never having found much acceptance here. It must be acknowledged that the copper lined bath tub was not without certain advantages. It was light, durable and clean, and, the mass of metal being small, it had very little cooling effect upon the water in it, while the porcelain tubs of that day absorbed so much heat from the water that it was not easy to get a comfortably...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900103
  • 9781236900104