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The Roberts Rain Shower Bath.
TitleThe Roberts Rain Shower Bath.
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SubjectShowers (plumbing fixtures); Health-hygiene; YMCA of the USA--Biography; School of Christian Workers (Springfield, Mass.)--Faculty; Springfield College--Faculty; Young Men's Christian Association (Boston, Mass.)
DescriptionDrawing of the Rain Shower Bath, designed by Robert J. Roberts. There existed those people who deemed a bath "once a week" a most useless formality, which must be indulged in to preserve their social standing in the community. When Robert J. Roberts became "superintendent" of the Boston YMCA gymnasium, baths were unknown in that establishment. He tells how as a boy he enjoyed getting out in the rain and being showered. The memory of those showers gave him an idea, and mindful of the stimulating effects of raindrops, he devised what he called the "Rain Shower Bath". Robert J. Roberts blazed the trail for physical education in the Young Mens' Christian Association. Luther Gulick, referring to Robert J. Roberts, states that "few men have ever crowded the experience of a lifetime so adequately into a sentence: All exercises should be safe, short, easy, beneficial, and pleasing".
CreatorRoberts, Robert Jeffries
SourceImage from page 31 of the 1916 edition of "The Body Builder: Robert J. Roberts Being a collection of drills and health hints, and appreciations of the man who blazed the trail for the physical education in the Young Men's Christian Association" by B. Deane Brink. Published by Association Press, New York and copyrighted by the International Committee of Young Men's Christian Association.
RelationIs part of the Springfield College Rare Book Collection. Springfield College Archives and Special Collections, Springfield, Massachusetts,
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