Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Getting in shape isn't what it used to be...

I laughed out loud when I read this little tidbit from 100 years ago in The Gazette ("Back Pages" are published every day inside the Life section):

"Professor Lew Rabshaw, the noted athletic trainer of Chicago, has taken charge of the Electro-Thermatorium at 124 1/2 South Tejon Street. In connection with the bathes, he will teach scientific boxing, wrestling and other sports."

Needless to say, 124 1/2 S. Tejon is no longer an Electro-Thermatorium, but it begs the question, "What is an Electro-Thermatorium?" I'm guessing it has something to do with hot baths, but is it a good idea to have anything "electro" near the steaming water? I suppose it says something that the place is no longer in business.

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