Schewzik's Russian vapour baths

Enamel street sign advertising Rabbi Benjamin Schewzik's baths in the East End of London. The establishment was specially popular with many of the East European Jewish immigrants who fled the pogroms at the turn of the 19th century. The baths were destroyed by fire in 1940.

l street sign advertising Schewchik's famous Vapour Baths

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Both the enamel sign, and the photograph of the people outside the baths, are in the collection of The Jewish Museum, London.
The 'saracenic' features—the canopy and the window frame overlays—were added to the original georgian building for effect.

Outside Schewchik's vapour baths

Photo: The Jewish Museum

A contemporary advertisement in Yiddish:
'… freedom from all your troubles, pain; become fresh and healthy with the best masseurs in London…'

Advertisement for Schewchik's vapour baths

East London album (Peter Marcam, 1992)

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