PORTABLE STEAM BATH (Jun, 1949)

PORTABLE STEAM BATH

It turns any sunny spot into a reducing parlor Surprised one day by a door-to-door salesman while she was sunbathing in her backyard, Mrs. George Freitas of Glendale, Calif, discovered the plastic sheet she wrapped herself in was not only emergency clothing but a remarkable inducer of perspiration. As a result she designed the Ray-ducer, an outsize plastic jumper which fastens tightly at ankle and neck and costs $11.95. While the sun’s tanning rays do not readily penetrate it, the heat rays do, making it a portable steam bath since a person wearing it will perspire in it even when motionless. Hollywood baseball players (right) and actresses find it a quick, if temporary, way of losing a few pounds.

6 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: November 7, 201111:09 am

    And you can steam some veggies in it for your lunch while your at it!

  2. M.S.W. says: November 7, 20111:48 pm

    Goodbye weight, Hell-o heat stroke…

  3. Jari says: November 7, 20114:26 pm

    Hiru: Soaking veggies in your own sweat doesn’t sound delicious…

  4. Hirudinea says: November 7, 20115:51 pm

    @ Jari – Hey, we’re talking about steamed vegetables, how could you make them taste worse? :)

  5. Rick Auricchio says: November 7, 20117:24 pm

    I’m actually surprised Life would print a titillating photo like that…after all, she IS nude. Not that she’s unattractive.

    I’d expect that in PhotoPlay…

  6. Tim says: November 10, 20114:29 pm

    Per IMDB, “movie hopeful” Jo Jordan didn’t get any parts until she played the mother in “Rattlers” in 1976, and most recently played the “old woman” in “Last Resort” (2009).

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