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From the Ipswich Tribune

September 7, 1927 edition


Somebody ought to start a movement for a brand bath tub centenary in 1942. It will be just 100 years since the first bathtub was installed in America.

Adam Thompson got himself into hot water, literally and figuratively with that tub. Newspapers roasted him. Statesmen complained that he was destroying the democratic simplicity of the republic. Doctors predicted rheumatism and inflammation of the lungs for anybody who used such an unholy contraption. Ministers condemned it is ungodly luxury. Boston made bathing unlawful except up...

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