Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for June 2012

Eidam's Turkish bath:
334 Prospect Street, Lawrence, Mass.

Eidan's reclining room

Dr Louis F Eidam's Turkish Baths seem to have been open in the 1880s and 1890s at least, though no exact dates are known at present. This photo showing part of the reclining room (or cooling-room) is from a booklet published by Dr Eidam around that time called Valuable hints for bathers.

Inside the office

The baths were in a single storey building behind an office at the front, seen above.

Outside the baths

Here, the words 'Eidam's Turkish Baths' can just be seen on the entrance door. The baths themselves are behind, and have an apex roof, with a decorative ventilator above. On the left can be seen the furnace chimney.

Price list

In addition to the hot rooms, there was a steam room, a plunge pool, and a wide range of treatments available. Bathers are advised that to 'secure the best results in the hot rooms' they 'should keep as quiet as possible, and avoid reading and earnest conversation.'

There were two days when the baths were available to women, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays the baths were open later than usual and, although they closed at midnight, bathers were 'allowed to recline until morning if they wish.'

This item is from the collection of the Victorian Turkish Baths Project

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