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10¢ Turkish Bath: 1910

10¢ Turkish Bath: 1910

10-cent Turkish bath in New York's Bowery district circa 1910. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Nice pic

I think "disgust" is a little strong there pardner ... maybe you've got "other" issues to deal with. I think it's a great pic.

If I paid more

could I not!! have the naked guy rub me down with a porcupine or anything else for that matter!

Porcupine

The "porcupine looking thing on the massage table" is broom made of oak leaves, called a "platza" (Russian) or "besen" (Yiddish). It is used to scrub and massage the bather. Obviously, you have never been to a Russian-Turkish bath.

Painstaking Turkish detail!

Hey, what do you want for 10 cents?

massage implement

What's that porcupine looking thing on the massage table?

Actually the place looks like it's just been hosed out so maybe it is clean.

"Bath House"?

Is this a "bath house" Turkish bath?

Yuck!

This pic really disgusts me!

eeewww

That's not going to get any one clean....

10 cent Turkish bath

Looks more like a torture chamber. It's filthy too.

 
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