sanitary-unitThink your bathroom is a problem? Let us not forget that until well after WWII, many homes in America did not have indoor bathrooms. My mom and grandmother, in Shenandoah, Pa. — outhouse out back until they moved to an apartment in 1950.  Dad — farm in Aneta, North Dakota — outhouse ’til about the same time. The poster at left, produced between 1936 and 1941 as part of the Work Projects Administration Federal Art Project, appears to indicate that many homes didn’t even have outhouses. Gulp. Image: Library of Congress.

  1. Ed says:

    A house I used to rent is on a farmstead with several other barns and storage buildings, along with a “modernized” outhouse. Plumbing is still just a hole in the ground, but it has electricity for lights and a small electric heater and fan. The main house itself has modern plumbing, the outhouse is just for the convenience of those working or attending social gatherings at the farm.

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