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Back Issues - 1930s Space-saving

In the 1930s, magazines were enamoured with the latest in space-saving and fitted appliances, says Steve Parnell

In March 1935, Architectural Design and Construction (AD’s forerunner) published a reference section on ‘bathrooms fit to sing in’. The author mocks the newfangled appliances and asks ‘where… is the automatic body washer?’ The clipped accent of the nascent BBC’s Queen’s English almost echoes from the page: ‘It would be quite simple – just a matter of rotating brushes, scurrying flannels, and self-lathering soap’. Imagine a bodywashing machine akin to a car wash sitting in the corner of the bathroom.

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