View Full Version : Collapsible fabric enclosures: what are they?

01-20-2005, 11:27 PM
What are these (http://www.sunspace.org/mystery1.jpg)? (note: 50k JPEG)

I found a Chinese magazine on the train tonight while coming home from Greektown and started looking through it. I can't read Chinese but thr pictures were understandable... most of them. News items, real-estate ads, SUV ads, etc. But one had me puzzled.

The linked image is a scan of the ad. The items in the image appear to be collapsible fabric enclosures big enough to contain one person. They look a lot like suit-carriers or wardrobes that one might take on a plane, but a woman's head is stickong oput of one, and the other appears to have a window!

What are these things? Portable shower enclosures? Cothes-changing enclosures, like the 'bathing machines' used by the Victorian British? Something else?

Looking again at the ad, the other half had wooden ones. Now I'm wondering: portable sauna?

Are both of these the same thing? Where would they be used?

01-20-2005, 11:41 PM
It looks like one of those old-style personal saunas. I've been looking for a pic online of one of them but I'm having problems hitting on the right keywords. Give me a little time...

01-20-2005, 11:44 PM
Got it!

One type (http://www.toolsforwellness.com/81056.html) of portable sauna.

Here's another brand. (http://www.electronichealing.co.uk/products/portablesauna.htm)

And here (http://www.ycyhealth.com/products/PortableSteamSauna/JYS_A.shtml) is the very one in your linked ad...

01-20-2005, 11:54 PM
Well, I'll be! I've never heard of such a thing. Thanks, jayjay!

The ignorance-fighting power of the Straight Dope! :)

01-21-2005, 06:12 AM
also used in New Guinea as a portable cooker for cannibal picnics

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