Labor not lost; or,
All's well that ends well:

Hamlet, Macbeth, Falstaff, Prince Hal, Brutus & Romeo
visit the Hammam in mid-19th century San Francisco

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A little nonsense now and then, etc.

Under this light-hearted heading, an anonymous author penned a clever parody of four scenes from a Shakespearean comedy as an advertisement for the San Francisco Hammam.

The Hammam opened in 1875. The parody was reprinted in 1881 in The Turkish bath hand book, a compendium comprising a wide variety of writings on the Turkish bath edited and published in St Louis by George F Adams, who owned a Turkish bath there at 1063 Washington Avenue. [Text courtesy of Hathi Trust Digital Library]


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