• Taking the Waters - The lighter side of the Harrogate Cure, through the humorous postcards of the 1900s

    Author(s):
    Gavin Holman (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Sociology of health and illness, Humor studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Harrogate, Baths, Spa, Sulphur, Waters
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/h0b0-j230
    Abstract:
    Since the early 17th century the waters of Harrogate had been taken by locals and visitors to the area. The chalybeate springs of High Harrogate were originally the more popular, but by the middle of the 18th century doctors had discovered a satisfactory method of using the sulphur wells of Low Harrogate for internal treatments and extended their use in baths. As well as the newspaper and leaflet advertisements, the town also supported the production and sale of picture postcards for visitors to send to friends and family, or keep as souvenirs. Here follows a selection of the cards and images which show the lighter side of Harrogate’s cure culture, which sadly is no more, though you can still experience the waters at the town’s Pump Museum - if you dare!
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