Sometimes I forget the little things in life that have gotten better.
As a boy in San Francisco I went to the famous Sutro Baths, a cluster of salt water swimming pools some of which were warm. It was near my house. A movie has been made about the Baths.
This was after WW II when I was regularly wearing dacron or nylon bathing suits.
Sutro Baths had a rule that required the customers to wear the Sutro Baths woolen bathing suits.
The logic was simple. Sutro could control the cleanliness of the bathing suits.
The bathing suits itched terribly and I remember this was a reason I avoided the Baths unless some of my friends insisted on going.
The Baths burned down a few years later at a point where few people were using them and revenue was certainly not sufficient to justify rebuilding.
Was that policy of woolen bathing suits part of the reason for the Sutro Baths failure?
(Incredible footage by Thomas A. Edison of the Baths in use.)