Weighing-machine card

Weighing machine card

When temporary weight loss was urgently required, the Turkish bath delivered. It was widely used by boxers, who needed to be under a specific weight in order to qualify, or jockeys for whom every additional ounce was a liability. Sometimes they did this to excess, as did the 5ft 10in (1.8m) high best all-round jockey of his time, Fred Archer.

So what better place to advertise baths for these people than on weighing-machine tickets?

The Bjelke-Petersen Institute opened its Turkish baths for men and women on 4 March 1929.

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Victorian Turkish Baths
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VICTORIAN TURKISH BATHS

by Malcolm Shifrin

Published by
Historic England 2015
The University of Chicago Press 2016
ISBN: 978-1-84802-230-0

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