Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for December 2008

New York City: 47 West 42nd Street:
Shampooing at Fleischman's Turkish & Russian Baths

Shampooing at Fleischman's Turkish & Russian Baths
< Design of the Turkish bath by J J Cosgrove (Pittsburgh : Standard Sanitary Mfg Co, 1912)

'Here all the muscles of the body are worked and kneaded until they are loose and pliable, and in splendid working condition. It is here and at this time, too, that the body is rubbed with essential oils, to soften and keep pliable the skin, and prevent too rapid evaporation from the body until such time as the natural oil glands of the body have a chance to resume their interrupted function.'

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