In the late 1920s through the 1930s, manufacturers like Eljer, American Standard an Kohler went ga ga for jewel and flower tone bathroom fixtures.
And Villa Cookie comes with this bathtub. Originally, the house also sported a matching toilet and pedestal sink, long since removed and replaced with modern white conveniences. ALSO the original white subway tile is in place trimmed with a band of matching color. The basket weave bathroom tile? The off-set color matches the tub too, as does the soap dish AND the bathtub faucets.
All that's missing is Miss Norma Desmond bathing in the tub, singing away while Max scrubs his back.
And what is this color? It is NOT purple or lavender, but officially, "Orchid".
A friend of our in Columbus, who is a Sister of Sappho, almost came on the spot when she saw this tub.
"Do you know how many womyn would kill to bathe in that tub?" That's a image that Cookie would rather not dwell on.
If it were blue, or pink, or a yellow, I would embrace it. But I hate this color. I hate this color almost as much as I hate mauve, if not more, because its in our house.
"Oh!" cry our friends when they hear of it or see this picture. "You must keep this bath tub," they insist.
It's amazing how less enthusiastic people get about said tub when they think about it in their house. It's all fun and games, while its not in your house, isn't it.
Eventually, the bathtub will have to "go". Why? While Cookie and the Husband love and support historical Preservation, the market reality is that buyers of houses don't enjoy finding surprises like this in a house as much as they love laughing at them. And eventually, we will have to sell Villa Cookie, as nothing lasts forever, does it? Better to buy low, sell high and find a buyer quickly than it is to languish on the market looking for a buyer who has always dreamed of an orchid bathtub.
And, while we plan to be true to our house, lets face it, our kitchens and bathrooms have to be functional, and this poor old dear of a tub has had a good life, its run its rest, but it needs to put out to pasture.
So Cookie and the Husband want to know, do you want this tub? Will you come and get this tub? Better yet, who do you think, other than Cookie and the Husband, deserves this tub?