Erin (erinya) wrote in little_details,

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Bathtubs and bathing in the 1700s

I would love to know whether cast-iron bathtubs (as opposed to those old wooden washtubs) were used as early as the mid-1700s. If so, where and with what frequency? I know that Marat was murdered in his bathtub in France roundabout 1793--did private bath facilies catch on at an earlier point in France than in Britain? My searches on the internet have given me sparse and conflicting information on just how often people did bathe in this time period...I know that it was a common belief that bathing was unhygenic, but how pervasive was that belief? Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. (I did do a search of the tags here and came up with nada mucho, sadly.)
Tags: 1740-1749, 1750-1759, france: history, ~hygiene & grooming

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