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The morning bath "divides the classes more effectively than birth, wealth or education," wrote English novelist Somerset Maugham. In 1900, the bathtub was a new status symbol of the upwardly mobile, and its proper use was still an object of speculation. Books advised no more than one hot bath per week, since no one was sure if they were bad for health. In many homes, bath water was heated on the kitchen's coal-fired range and ferried upstairs jug by jug. Bathing in general was a very important Victorian value given their obsession with personal hygiene, and they used soaps made of animal fat and vegetable oils.
 
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