Sunday, March 24, 2019

Privy Tales

Here's something not everyone thinks about nowadays.  I've been doing some research into indoor plumbing.  Until recently the Census Bureau asked a lot of questions about the number of toilets people have--and folks really hated it.  The reason why is an amazing number of homes did not have indoor bathrooms until well into the 20th century--especially in farm/rural areas.  I was working on a story set in 1880 in Denver.  There's a good chance a home would not have had any indoor plumbing at that point in time.  Packaged toilet paper went on the market in 1857.  I guess people used corn cobs before then.  

Privy is a synonym for outhouse.  Nowadays I suspect most folks are unfamiliar with the term. 

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