While tanning beds are now the domain of irresponsible parents and young white women looking for some skin cancer, their UV rays were originally designed as a (quasi) legitimate medical treatment. Get your dose of vitamin D with this Oobject-assembled collection of illuminating medical devices.

Be sure to also check out these light pipes, pocket sundials, and solar cookers.

Quain sunlight bath

A beautifully designed deco lamp which consists of an electric heater with carbon arc ultraviolet light

1919 electric light bath introduced by Dr. Kellog of Corn Flake fame

Kellog was chief medic at a sanitorium where he introduced a bizarre range of treatments.

Lamp designed to brand new born babies with sunburn

Early tanning lamp ad

The horizontal electric light bath cabinet

If someone were to design a steampunk tanning bed they could do far worse than copy this.

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Finsen light therapy system

Although this contraption from just before the first world war looks like quackery it was a pioneering use of medical therapy in the treatment of many skin diseases.

1960s Sun Bonnet Sun Reflector Tanning

Cook your face in the same manner as a folding vegetable steamer.

1935 German device for ear problems that relied on the supposed benefits of red and blue light

DIY sun bathing pod from 1970

Not sure why everyone is fully clothed here.

Congressmen take light shower baths in the Turkish baths of the House of Representatives

WWII submariners receiving sun lamp treatment before boarding a submarine

A medical precaution before entering a sunlight free world for long periods.

Sit-in enclosed light bath, 1890-1920