In the same series as lynn pearsons book on the development of the seaside pier kathryn ferrys look at early bathing machines and beach huts is surprisingly in depth considering the publication is a mere 64 pages which includes a plethora of photos. Behind the enduring popularity of beach huts lies a story of classic british eccentricity immensely photogenic appealing these colourful seaside buildings are direct successors of the georgian bathing machine which first appeared in the 1730s as a peculiar device to protect the modesty of rich fashionable bathers. Bathing machines became a thing around all of great britains empire starting ca 1750 and spread to the at least the united states france germany and mexico to serve the greater goal of common decency at beaches so these were the precursor to beach or seaside huts reply leave a reply want to join the discussion feel free to
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