Finally, something that resembles the modern-day tanning beds we know and love. Unlike today's machines, however, this one was intended more as a replacement for blankets than as a cosmetic device. If anything, attaining a tan was a pleasant bonus. According to the machine's inventor, waves of infrared and ultraviolet light would lull you to sleep while keeping your body warm. Sounds downright comfortable, minus the part about having to sleep in sunglasses and a bikini.
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