It is no so long ago that the man who proclaimed that he preferred a shower- to a tub-bath was considered a freak or a poser. It is now recognized that a shower-bath is not only more invigorating,~ it is more cleansing. The type of shower which sprays water onto the body in a semi-horizontal manner usually finds more favor with them.
Fresh water constantly pours upon the body, washing away all impurities, and producing a sensation of cleanliness and well-being which the tub-bath can never give. It is claimed that with this type of shower, no curtain is needed because the water strikes the body at such an angle that it runs directly downward into the bath.
In 2006, Ted wrote the last one in the series and collected the poems into a limited edition book entitled, "Out of that Moment." In this video segment, Ted (right) reads a Valentine's Day poem that has a rural theme, "Barn Owl." We also have a video podcast version of this poem on the Media Resources page.Churchill and Leonard Wickenden in 1928 (the decade our house was born).The book is mostly for those constructing their own new houses, and is beyond my expertise, but I did also enjoy the chapter on “Special Appliances” where they describe, among other things, an “Iceless Ice-box”; an in-house system to burn your own garbage to then fuel the house; and a central vacuum cleaning system which will “be as common, in a few years, as central heat.” Sounds an awful lot like my mom and stepdad’s whole house vacuum that was installed when they built their house a few years ago, still a pretty rare item in today’s homes. If no house is complete without a bathroom, no bathroom is complete without a shower-bath. The ordinary head-shower is sometimes unpopular with the women of the household because, with it, there is difficulty in avoiding wetting the hair.The Jazz Age; The Roaring Twenties; whatever one calls the 1920s, they were characterized by the music, the dancing, the fast cars, and most importantly, for the fashion buff, the "flapper".Although a wider variety of fashions were worn by women at this time, the 1920s have become synonymous with the image of the short-haired flapper in the straight, waistless dress twirling her long strands of beads.Instead of rushing into marriage with somebody you rarely knew, you had the chance to date or have a courtship with them.Dating was new for many people but they enjoyed the fact of getting to know somebody without having to do a serious commitment.Carla Due (right) remembers just hanging out with friends, or going on double dates.They couldn't afford to buy a hamburger in the 1930s, even on a date.Walter Schmitt says at one time there were three soda fountains in Gresham.You didn't get ice cream in small town restaurants, you went to a soda fountain.