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Imagine you’re wandering through the desert and see a picturesque clear blue lake in the distance. Surely it must be a mirage, you tell yourself. As you walk closer you see people floating on top of the water and lying next to the shores of a desolate lake covered in mud. You also see salt formations that almost look like ice sculptures and you think this is completely surreal. Do not panic. You aren’t having a hallucination. You have happened upon the Dead Sea, the earth’s lowest elevation of land and one of the most mineral rich bodies of water on this earth.
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these benefits in the comfort of your own home. Dead Sea salts, creams and mud masks can be purchased online and in many retail stores. All you need is a tub filled with hot water. Pour some of that salt into the warm water, light a candle and slather on some mud in order to enjoy the natural benefits of those healing minerals and salts can impart. Afterward, you will feel much more relaxed and rejuvenated whether you are using the salts for healing purposes or just wish to bathe like Cleopatra.
By Alan Knight
It was 1867 in a small mining town called Denver, Colorado. With signs of winter fast approaching, the sun set at 4:30 p.m.and didn’t rise again for nearly 15 hours. With the thought of the long, cold hours that lay ahead, there was only one thing on the miners’ minds — whiskey! The hard-drinking miners knew they didn’t have enough liquid gold to make it through the winter, and this made them grow restless.
Determined not to face the harsh mountain weather without it, they hired a group of Irish Teamsters to transport 40 wagon loads of whiskey through the Colorado plains. To ensure its safe arrival, the US Cavalry was commissioned to escort the load.
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But in 1867, it wasn’t only women that enjoyed the luxury of bathing on the trail. It’s reported that the Bathtubs that existed during the antebellum period before indoor plumbing came into vogue were large but relatively light containers. They were usually hidden away and only pulled out when needed, perfect for on-the-road washing. The typical mid-19th century bathtub was a product of the tinsmith’s craft, commonly made from a shell of sheet copper, or zinc. The use of copper continued into the mid-1900s as a liner for wood-enclosed tubs. Commanders and officers of the US Cavalry also enjoyed some downtime relaxing in traveling tubs.
More commonly, tubs back then were steel-cased. By 1867, tub manufacturers started using cast iron, which had been used for several years for making sinks and toilets. The problem with metal was corrosion. Copper and zinc discolored readily around water and soap, and the seams of sheet metal were hard to keep clean. Iron and steel, of course, rusted eventually, even under the most meticulous coat of paint. Bathtubs made of lead were only found in more progressive homes equipped with early water-heating devices. As running water became more common in the latter 19th century, bathtubs became more prevalent and less portable.
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While some members of the US Calvary and the Temperance ladies were enjoying their high society tubs, the miners most often bathed in horse troughs, if at all. Bathing wasn’t considered a necessity by these hard-working men. In fact, personal hygiene was considered something of a nuisance. Over time, as bathing became more fashionable, more tub manufacturers entered the market and began improving designs. Out with the horse trough and in with cast iron bathtubs with porcelain interiors on “Clawfoot”pedestals. These tubs rose to popularity in the 19th century and remain so today.
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One such design is the Walk-in tub that is perfect for seniors. These bathtubs provide a great safety advantage to handicapped persons or those with limited mobility. Not only are these tubs highly functional, there is also a range of hydrotherapeutic options available. Walk-in tubs are perfect for everyday bathing needs, but importantly, they also provide personal safety and independence wrapped in therapeutic luxury.
Tub King’s cast iron/porcelain Clawfoot and Pedestal tubs as well as our therapeutic Walk-in Our tubs are made to fit in your bathroom. Or, if you want one for your covered wagon, we can hitch you up with that, too.
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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and my brother, Alan, who heads up Tub King, will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.
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Alan Knight has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also multi-award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact Tub King, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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It’s almost time for the Oscars. The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is slated for Thursday, February 22, 2015. Nominees for “Best Picture” include American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Whiplahs, and The Theory of Everything. Out of all the possible choices there is not a single horror movie. So I started wondering, has a horror movie ever won an Oscar? Surprisingly, yes!
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Furthermore, The Silence of the Lambs won “Best Picture” in 1991, which featured spellbinding performances by Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
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Let’s start with the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho. I saw that movie at the theater … alone! I don’t even remember how I got in to see it, being only 11 years old. The current rating system was brand new back then. I just remember when Janet Leigh had that shower curtain thrown back by Anthony Perkins and the stabbing began, I was ready to head for the exit. It’s ironic that the next time I was that scared was when Janet Leigh’s daughter was running around the house in Halloween.
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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The scene is set with a young teenage girl taking a bubble bath in a Clawfoot tub. She begins to sing a lullaby and slowly puts herself to sleep. That’s a big problem because Freddy Krugger comes alive in her dreams. The razor sharp fingers begin to rise to the surface of the water as she sleeps, then suddenly her mother calls out to her, “Don’t fall asleep in there, you could drown you know.” Then in a flash she is jerked underwater and the screaming begins.
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What Lies Beneath (2000) Michelle Pfeiffer is convinced there is a ghost in the house, and as she takes a bath in a Clawfoot tub, strange things happen. Suddenly, she’s paralyzed, only able to move her toes, as the tub fills to overflowing. She desperately tries to open the drain with her toes and everything goes wrong. Suspense mounts as she finds a clever way to shut off the faucet, and the water slowly recedes below her mouth. It was a very close call and a heart pounding moment. A few years later, a parody was done of various scary movies and this particular scene was hilarious.
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Grave Encounters (2011) was a low budget movie that was a huge success at the box office. It was about a team of paranormal experts who lock themselves into a haunted psychiatric ward in an abandoned hospital. It was a real nail-biter. The bathtub scene featured a girl in a hospital gown, standing over an old Clawfoot tub in an otherwise empty room. As one of the technicians gets to the tub, he finds it full of blood. He looks to the cameraman as a hand reaches out of the tub and pulls him under. Creepy!
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In a bathtub, we undress, get all relaxed, enjoying the warm water. We lie back, placing our neck on a towel along the rolled rim and close our eyes. What could possibly go wrong? That’s why the bathtub prop works time and time again. Just when you least expect something bad to happen, bingo! The horror movies simply plays on our own sense of vulnerability.
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And don’t forget the hand-held faucet choices such as the “English Telephone,” or the free-standing models. These can be purchased along with the drain system and the water supply lines. These fixtures also come in the same finishes as the Clawfoot legs to make a perfect-looking match.
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Also, don’t be scared away from making a buying decision. If you have been looking for years for a way to truly beautify your bathroom, the Clawfoot tub might just be the answer. If you’ve looked lately at one of the home magazines, you’ve most likely seen a Clawfoot tub. These elegant-looking tubs make it easy to create a theme around your new tub. When you have guests, they’ll fall in love with it. And if ever decide to resell you home, this tub might just be the deal maker. I’ve had several customers tell me that their Clawfoot tub helped to sell their home.
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