Vanishing American Outhouse: Privy Plans, Photographs, Poems and Folklore

Vanishing American Outhouse: Privy Plans, Photographs, Poems and Folklore

by Ronald S. Barlow

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Overview

An irresistibly illustrated treasure of Americana no one can afford to be without

The universal appeal of The Vanishing American Outhouse hardly needs stating. Privately published, its single-copy sales through word of mouth have reached 50,000 and garnered rave reviews in periodicals ranging from The Old-House Journal to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

This history of this "necessary house," an endangered species, addresses every aspect of its development and nature as a fundamental of folk architecture. Rich in technical detail (including blueprints for building your own outhouse, should the need arise), it ranges from the most rudimentary wooden structure to a turreted wonder with multiple doors. Brimming with amusing anecdotes, traditional verses, and rare postcards, a superlative gift or coffee-table item, The Vanishing American Outhouse is destined for pride of place on the bathroom bookshelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140288681
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/10/2000
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.05(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction vii
From Paddles to Pull-Chains
1(2)
Understanding Privy Architecture
3(14)
Charles 'Chic' Sale, The Specialist
17(4)
The Outhouse Boom of 1933-1945
21(4)
A Gallery of WPA Privy Photographs
25(10)
How to Build a Round Brick Privy
35(2)
A Selection of Early Brick Privies
37(2)
Country Plumbing, 1871-1918
39(6)
Roadside Rest Stops
45(6)
Trick or Treat
51(2)
Leapin' Gizzards, Snakes
53(1)
And Other Varmints
54(1)
Uncle Dum Dum & His Toothpick
55(1)
This Side of Old Faithful
56(1)
From Corncobs to Catalogs
57(2)
Local Color in South Galway
59(1)
The Outhouse Acrobat
60(1)
Privies at Historic Sites
61(2)
Ghost Town Ruins
63(18)
Dreaded Diseases, Typhoid & Cholera
81(2)
The Genteel Art of Privy Digging
83(4)
Collectable Privy Postcards
87(2)
The Saturday Night Bath
89(4)
Victorian Bathrooms
93(1)
Henry Moule & Thomas Crapper
94(1)
Bibliography
95(32)
Reprint Section
Home Sanitation & Hygiene (1908)
98(8)
Farm Sewerage Bulletin (1922)
106(21)
National Park Privy Details (1939)
127

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