A vintage toilet seat designed just for men, from Olsonite

vintage toilet seat designed for men

Reader Chris gets major snaps for finding this vintage toilet seat designed just for men. Note, that while I find this beyond-fascinating — and it would likely make my top-10 wild and wacky retro items ever, if I bothered to rank — I do not approve at all. Why?

Because it is very bad feng shui to leave your toilet seat open. Very very bad. Wealth-energy — that is: money — flows right down that open drain. 

For example, everyone over on the Forum knows: No photos of open toilets allowed. Deleted — without notice. Close your toilet seats, people!

Anyway back to this amazing toilet seat. Chris writes:

I thought I’d share a great find I made today. It’s a toilet seat designed for MEN! It holds in the “UP” position unless you fold it down (springs back up when you get up too). Original packaging. Made from something called OLSONITE. It’s a heavy plastic. The chrome hinge is spectacular. Bret at Old Portland Hardware and Architectural had it. I was either going to try it out or sell it. When it fit b\ y 1940 period Wellworth toilet it was a keeper. Standard seats did not fit it so the last one had to have the top removed. Much improved however you do have to realize that it is spring loaded and will hit the porcelain lid if you don’t get up slowly! 🙂 Feel free to share on your site. I’ll get you the photos of the countertop display soon. -chris

Countertop display? For this seat? Yes! Send pics!!! Thank you, Chris. This really is cool — American ingenuity at its finest. Something *new* for men to play with, when they are in the bathroom.

  1. Frank says:

    Brilliant! I want it. I share a bathroom with my three teenaged sons. Having a drip free toilet seat trumps any feng shui issues.

    My wife has her own bathroom (the master bedroom bathroom). No males are allowed to step foot in her bathroom, and she stays clear of our bathroom. Guests use the powder room. This toilet seat was made for my house.

  2. Jay says:

    Well, I’m propped up in bed looking at today’s post before lights out. What a great way to end the day – toilet humor. I am still laughing at the comments.

  3. Jeff says:

    Ok, if we’re going for retro toilet humor here, I’ve got a beauty from about 1967.

    Neighbor kids had an inground pool and cabanas down the street, and the chainsmoking parents had the little “his and hers” baths decked out in 60’s cabana decor, towels, tented ceilings in loud striped vinyl, etc, but above the men’s commode was a little black and white line drawing, neatly framed a la “The New Yorker” that stated: “Please don’t toss cigarette butts in our toilets, we don’t s#%* in your ashtrays.”

    Why have I never forgotten this?

    1. pam kueber says:

      🙂 Reminds me, I have to find the various “hang on the bathroom door” vintage signs I have purchased from ebay in the lat 3 years. Some things never change….

  4. Marsha says:

    Just to fling more… stuff, I refer everyone to those masters of investigative technique- the Mythbusters! Yes, they have studied this very situation. Draw your own conclusions.

  5. Nina462 says:

    Why are there two different types of toilet seats? One that is a partial ring like this one, vs the total oval? I’ve always wondered that –

    On a humorous note – when my sister got married, my Dad would always say, “I went to bathroom and thought of you today…” You see, she married a CRANE. American – Crane toilets…. a little private family joke!

    Seat down, please! (Besides kitty likes to sleep on the fuzzy cover).

  6. Jenn says:

    OK, as a Mom of 3 Boys, I have a VERY different opinion of this.. I think it’s a FANTASTIC idea!!
    I actually found this page by googling “toilet seat that stays up for Boys”
    I have been drilling into their little heads since they were 2 & being potty trained that they need to life the seat up to pee & put it down when done. Now at ages 8, 10, & 12 Do you think they do it?? Abso-fricking-lutely not! & they never have despite my pleading, lecturing, demanding, crying, whining, etc.. you get the picture.. This results in pee that drips down under the seat & etches into the plastic/MDF/wood or whatever the seat is made of & also into the cracks & crevices of the hinges making for very disgusting mess that I am tired of cleaning up! I replace toilet seats an average of 3-4 times a year!
    Soo, if anyone knows how I can get my hands on one of these, I would be forever grateful!!!

  7. susan says:

    It would be great to have in women’s public restrooms as well. Ladies are so gross. They pee on the seat cause they are too paranoid to sit and then they don’t wipe it. If I feel I need to hover, I am courteous and lift the seat with my foot. Keeps the seat dry for the next person who prefers to sit.

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