Amy Werbel's Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock
By Naomi Adiv
In the summer of 1870, New York City got its first municipal bath: swimming pools sunk into the rivers, through which river water flowed. An 1871 New York Times article describes them: “baths are of the usual house-like model, and have a swimming area of eighty-five feet in length by sixty-five feet in width. They are… provided with sixty-eight dressing-rooms, have offices and rooms in an additional story, and are well lighted with gas for night bathing.” In the year after they were built, the Department of Public Works reported that they were regularly used to their capacity, particularly on hot summer days. At their height, there were twenty-two such baths around the waters of New York City.
From Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and The Women's Movement, 1870-1967.
Copyright © 2017 by Joan Marie Johnson. Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press.
This is the first in a series of posts drawn from the authors' recent work
Never Built New York, published courtesy of Metropolis Books.
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