Public Baths

QUESTION:  In what era are the ruins of the oldest-known public baths from?
A)  Ancient Greece
B)  Ancient Rome
C)  Indus Valley
D)  New York City c.1880's
ANSWER BELOW

Yesterday's blog discussed the western town that is part of Omrod's Giant World of Miniatures. Today, we're going a little bit deeper into the town with a discussion of "Lennon's Baths," as depicted on the left side of the included image.  Lennon's is likely a fictional name, perhaps honoring the late Beatle (?), but the public bath, or bath house, is something all but forgotten today and worth a brief note.

North Beach Bath House

North Beach Bath House

Think of the public bath of old as a modern spa. Private baths in people's homes were extremely unlikely, and those generally were only the wealthiest members of society. Instead, public baths or bath houses were built to accommodate the need to be clean.  And yet, the desire to maintain good personal hygiene has waxed and waned in popularity over the centuries.  In Ancient Roman, for example, it was more popular to keep clean and the government was expected to provide centrally-located sites where people could go to clean themselves.  In Colonial America, by contrast, it was unusual for people to clean themselves more than once a month. By the turn of the twentieth century, though, bathtubs became readily available in private homes, and the popularity of the public bath slowly declined. Now, there are few still in existence in the United States, and even fewer that most people would even consider visiting.

The people of our little western town, possibly named Omrodville?, clearly considered cleanliness of great importance, since one of the few businesses they have on Main Street is the Lennon's Baths.

ANSWER:  C)  Indus Valley. They are located in modern Pakistan and India.