As it is, the Fourth of July falls smack in the middle of next week, so a flip of the coin settled the before-or-after question for this Flashback Friday. But other questions arise from this 1934 snapshot, the most obvious one having to do with the relationship between the Statue of Liberty, baby's bath-time, and the Niedecken shower mixer. The answer is somewhat sweeping, I think; the ad's fine print optimistically invokes the 'modern American bathroom at its refreshing, inviting best.'
Whether you're celebrating this weekend or next, a happy Independence Day to you all.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.