The Look: A History of Tanning

Royal Flush
In 1891, John Harvey Kellogg (he of Corn Flakes fame) created the Incandescent Light Bath, a prototype sun bed marketed to cure gout and certain skin conditions, like eczema, using infrared and visible light. The revolutionary contraption was popularized when he shipped a couple to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle at the behest of Edward VII (pictured, with his queen consort, Alexandra). No word on whether it cured His Highness' ailments, but presumably it left him looking less pasty-faced than his subjects.

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