The 1940s was a time when no one gave much thought to sunscreen and you could happily chain-smoke cigarettes and drink cocktails while you tanned, without so much as a thought to the health consequences.  In 1948 the Senator Hotel in Atlantic City installed sunlamps in the ceilings so its patrons could tan, even when there was snow on the ground outside.

You have to wonder how the bar staff managed to work a full shift under tanning UV light without getting burnt to a crisp!

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