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Other Bathing Machines
Friday, September 26, 2008
(The bathing machine of King Alfonso XIII: conspicuous consumption as spatialized on the Basque coast. Notice first its opulence: the beach as contested terrain of privilege and leisure. And then notice the rails and steam-powered pulley system:
. See also this
as it hovers above the surf. Photo courtesy of George Eastman House.
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September 26, 2008 at 5:00:00 PM CDT
My first thought: "That is so absurd."
September 27, 2008 at 4:35:00 AM CDT
amazing ,very creative I must say.
September 29, 2008 at 8:30:00 AM CDT
Speaking of conspicuous consumption, and contested landscapes of leisure, it occurs to me that bathing machines of a different sort can still be found at any public boat ramp on a summer weekend.
In fact, in Portland, OR, there's a proposal in the works for a new riverfront storage tower where cigarette boat/bathing machines would be launched on rails like King Alphonso's cabana here:
October 2, 2008 at 8:54:00 AM CDT
I have a friend who recently retired. He lives in an RV and "rents" a power pole on a vacant lot at a nearby beach. Weekend crowds, football games, NASCAR, and tropical storms -- -- he just drives away. Not really that different an idea.
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