The blog last week got me thinking about the history of toilets…where they came from and why they are called the things they are called. So, after doing a little research I am happy to present…
FUN FACTS ABOUT TOILETS:
- The first person (in recorded history) to have a flushing water closet was King Minos of Crete over 2800 years ago.
- In 1596, Queen Elizabeth had a flushing toilet invented and built for her by Sir John Harrington, her Godson.
- In 1775, the first patent for a flushing toilet was issued to Alexander Cummings. His “S” shaped plumbing design was invented to prevent sewer gases from entering buildings. It is still around today, but has been modified into a “U” or “J” shape.
- Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the flushing the toilet – he is just most associated with it. He does have 3 “water closet” patents and 6 other plumbing associated patents. Everything I have read says his name has nothing to do with the term sometimes associated with going to the bathroom, but I am going to file that under “things that make you go hmmm…”
- Brace yourself….toilet paper was not invented until 1857! American, Joseph Gayetty, called it Gayetty’s Medical Paper.
- Scott Paper Company was the first to sell toilet paper on a roll in 1879, but it did not become common until 1907.
Well, there you go folks, it may not be all you ever wanted to know about your lavatory (or maybe it is WAY more than you wanted to), still it’s nice to know where the “roots” are for things we use every day.
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