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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Hosed: 1920

Hosed: 1920

"Walter Reed physiotherapy story." Hydrotherapy in 1920 or 1921 at Walter Reed Hospital. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

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It used to be all the rage.

We visited Hot Springs Ark. and the row of bathhouses and they were full of marbled water sprayers right out of a science fiction torture scene. Actually, the bathhouses themselves were very beautiful and you could close your eyes and picture people coming for treatment when the area was in its heyday.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Hey, it's the water-spraying thing (a highly technical term) as seen in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." I always figured the console was that large and made of marble only as a plot device in the movie, but I guess not.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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