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RUB-A-DUB-DUB in a MEIJI HOT TUB

RUB-A-DUB-DUB in a MEIJI HOT TUB

Unless you had a hot spring nearby, this is the way you took a hot bath in Old Japan. The sheet-metal fire box went right through the side of the tub, and you sat in their with it ! (I can only speculate on how they sealed the gaps between the fire box and the wooden tub).

This is another rare SALT PRINT from a world long gone. No emulsion, No baryta layer, and No coatings of any kind -- the photographic image being saturated directly into the fibers of the fragile paper.

Perhaps the paper was salted by dipping it in a bucket of sea water during the summer months. The sliver nitrate was brushed on the paper and dried before sandwiching it with a huge glass negative. It was then printed under the sun for 10 minutes to half-an-hour as the above image slowly appeared on the paper.

Fixed, washed, dried, hand-tinted, done.

Compare the image tones with the three collotype images in my photostream just below.

Here's some other photographs of taking a bath in Japan : www.flickr.com/search/?w=24443965@N08&q=Furo&m=tags

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Photo taken on 25 August 2008 (© Okinawa Soba (Rob) / Flickr)

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