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Outhouses

That building that addresses a very basic human need;
that allows us some semblance of decency.

All are invited to post photos, either models or the real thing,
or share information that will deepen our understanding of the lonely outhouse.




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The window is a nice touch.

What's with the oar on the roof?






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Its so youll never be up shit creek without a paddle

Do I have all the brains round here


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Maybe when the oar is up, the dunny is unoccupied.

When it's down so is the seat.


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Or it's used to help clear blockages when the flush won't do it!


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The Paw & Maw DOUBLE-DECKER at Booger Hollow


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That double decker thing was an ancient joke when I was a little kid
(it ranks right up there with the mail boxes on very high poles, with "Air Mail" written on the sides)…


They were still in use when I was a kid, in the 70s and 80s, in Northeast Tennessee.
I know one of my Mom's relatives had one as I used it once.

The problem with documenting real ones is that there are so many ones built for 'local color,' the heck of it or as a joke,
it's hard to confirm one specifically built for that intention.


Here's one on my layout:





It came with a Grandt Line flag stop kit but I never used it for that.

I painted it a weathered wood color, then placed rubber cement on sections,
then spray painted white, weathered that,
then used tape to pull the paint off for peeling paint.

I like how it turned out.




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Pawty humor...?


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Ken's post (#2) of the crapper with a high tech terlet (twa-lette to you un-initiated) is cool...
I have NEVER seen an OH with a ceramic device inside...
I guess the ones I have seen and used were of the "homemade" variety,
with a funky wooden plank with a hole cut in and wasp nests everywhere.
Some fun.
Who remembers outhouse "tossing"?
Long ago, errant teens and other bad boys (girls evidently didn't participate)
would push over the outhouse... sometimes with some poor soul inside.
Ahhh, I miss those early days, of course I didn't live back then.

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And here's a "normal" outhouse...





With a "quarter moon" on the door.

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Here's an outhouse at Morrison Borax I put together out of scrap balsa. 

Still needs a bit of weathering, and needs to be permanently installed on the layout.




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W C Greene wrote:
Long ago, errant teens and other bad boys (girls evidently didn't participate)
would push over the outhouse... sometimes with some poor soul inside.
Ahhh, I miss those early days, of course I didn't live back then.


That's possible again now, with those nasty plastic port-a-potties!  


That's how Uncle Pete resolved the problem for his track gangs....

Have also seen a picture with a custom made loooong rod between the tamper and the potty,
for the sake of fresh air at work,
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Another DOUBLE-DECKER outhouse.


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I think I would rather use the upper level rather than the lower level,

building materials were very different in those days.


So one should be the looong drop and the other should be a short drop.


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Traditional masonry housing blocks for workers at the clay pits and brick factories south of Vienna were built like this.

A two story outhouse connected to the block itself with a bridge like structure, to keep flies and stench from the rooms.

Some of those blocks still exist, but the stinking toilet towers have been removed long ago.

At some of those houses, its still obvious where the bridge once connected.




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" ... outhouse at Morrison Borax I put together ... "  :old dude:



Good to see the borax mine has got a decent well maintained biffy.  :mex:

All that mining junque behind it, sure has gone VERY rusty & corroded.  L:





I'm a bit worried about Woodies outhouse though !  :w:

Seems like the door is all rotten at the bottom ! ... Is it all ship shape & Bristol in there ?  ???





Might wanna check out the plumbing  :dt:  ...

... & that the prickly cactus, isn't growing up on the INSIDE of the outhouse as well !  :shocked:  :shocked:



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Howdy Si, I can tell that you aren't familiar with old outhouses...
you might be lucky that just the door had rot.
Old OH's in the "city" areas also had a door low down on the back,
so that the "honey dipper" man could clean them out.
Back then, many folks made jokes about the sanitation expert,
but that fellow was one of the best paid fellows around.
Who else wanted the job?

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W C Greene wrote: And here's a "normal" outhouse...






Odd placement of the crescent,
as that would place it below eye level of someone sitting there.
You usually placed that much higher up for some light to come in.



As for porta potties,
when I was in the Army, I ran logistic support for a joint Army/Marine test,
involving a special type of projectile fired from a 155MM howitzer.

One of the people I had to endure was a Marine Lt.Col. that everyone hated.
He treated his people like dirt and stayed in a hotel far off the firing center, I was told.

Anyway, he was in a porta john not far from the gun line,
when his private helicopter came in to pick him up.
It flipped over a porta-john and the Marines started cringing.

One ran past me and I asked who was in there, and he replied it was that Colonel.
My people could barely contain their laughter when they pulled the plastic porta-john off that man,
who was now completely half blue and half brown.

One of my tracked mechanics came up and shrugged and said,
"Maybe his call sign should be Brother Smurf from now on"
and I've never laughed so loud, so long or so hard in my life.

I'm normally not one to laugh at other people's misfortunes,
and if it'd been ANY other person out there I'd have felt terrible for them...
But not this guy.
Brother Smurf.
I still snicker every time I ever think of it.




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" you might be lucky that just the door had rot "


Howdy Woodie  :cb:


Just rattling your seat a bit.  ;)

If your door does fall off though ...  :doh:

... these rednecks found an ol' fridge came in handy !  :shocked:





Could be a bit chilly inside during the winter !  :w:



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Another Cowgirls & Cowboys DOUBLE-DECKER from Wyoming


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The one done with the fridge is a top recycling treasure:

Eat from the fridge, let nature follow it's course,
and then put it back where you got it first.

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Here's the backside of an outhouse at Whiskey Flats. 
Can't find an image of the front. 

Made out of leftover corrugated metal.







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I imagine the one out back at The White House is nicer looking

But that looks OK for poor folk I guess


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Michael M wrote:



Great model work, but wow, an outhouse made of that, in use in the desert?
There's an outhouse people would be in a huge hurry to get out of in the summertime!

This reminds me of all the prison/POW camp movies,
where they use something like this to torture people for bad behavior!




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And here is the "bano" in downtown Boquillas.
Located underneath the aerial tramway terminal and just s few stumbles down from the Bloated Goat #3.





A nice little adobe/stucco outhouse for both ladies & men.
Located near the main line, train crews can stop when needed.
Bano is Spanish for bathroom...or outhouse.

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Lee,

Can't help myself. 
Just how long does anyone plan on being in there? 
How about if I hang an air conditioning unit on the side of the outhouse.
 
I'm not an expert on outhouses,
but the few that I've used were never what I would consider pleasant nor comfortable,
and not a place I wanted to linger.

You might be thinking of the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
where Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) was locked in a small metal shed as punishment.




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The Bridge On The River Kwai did come to mind actually

I certainly wouldnt wish for the door hinges to seize up whilst I was on the can


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Probably more likely to find Hugh Grant than Alec Guinness in Woodies classy his and hers bano


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If you gotta go, it's either in there or outside-which might be a bit better.
However, I have seen the prototype for this outside of Mesa, AZ.
OK then, no more outhouse humor from me...maybe.

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Ah, just a little humor.


There was once a country boy who hated using the outhouse,
because it was hot in the summer and freezing in the winter… plus it stank all the time.

The outhouse was situated on the bank of a creek,
and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the creek.

So one day after a spring rain the creek was swollen,
so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek.

He got a large stick and started pushing.
Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.

That night his Dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper.
Knowing this meant a spanking, the little boy asked why.

The Dad replied,
“Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn’t it, Son?”
The boy answered yes.
 
Then he thought a moment and said,
“Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree,
and didn’t get into trouble because he told the truth.”

The Dad replied,
“Well, son, George Washington’s father wasn’t in that cherry tree.”


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"  Just how long does anyone plan on being in there ? 

How about if I hang an air conditioning unit on the side of the outhouse "






Hi Michael  :mex:



Good idea !  :!:[toast]:!:



I found these ultra finescale & really expensive, military modeling air-con kits online.  :Salute:

The etched-brass fans wouldn't rust up, like all your mining junque.  ;)

So they should offer reliable service !  :thumb:





Maybe we could split the kit $$$ between You,  Me, & Woodie ?  :mex: :moose: :cb:



Your 'Bridge On The River Kwai' outhouse, would be more humane with modern air-con.  :w:

Woodies posh public conveniences really need air-con, to keep the Hollywood tourists happy.  [whack]

I might even attempt a modest outhouse myself !!  :shocked: :shocked:



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Si,

That's getting too expensive. 

Gotta be a way to model a window air-conditioner, without breaking the bank.





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It would make it         

ONE  C :shocked: :shocked: L  DUNNY 

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" That's getting too expensive "





How about old school 1946 styleee ice-hatches ?  L:



It might sound like reefer madness !  :Crazy:

But it could just work !  :P



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A top black-ops. plumber, like Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle in 'Brazil' ...

... probably has the answer.  :shades:





" When the ice melts, just crank this lever & it FLUSHES ! "  :Salute:



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Awww, don't be a wimp!
A/C in a crapper?
Surely (just don't call me Shirley) a window A/C is way over the top...of something.
The idea is to get in there, do your business, and get the hell out as soon as possible.
This modern generation just ain't thinkin'.

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W C Greene wrote: And here is the "bano" in downtown Boquillas.
Located underneath the aerial tramway terminal and just s few stumbles down from the Bloated Goat #3.





A nice little adobe/stucco outhouse for both ladies & men.
Located near the main line, train crews can stop when needed.
Bano is Spanish for bathroom...or outhouse.


This has got to be my favorite outhouse model of all time.

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Michael M wrote: Here's the backside of an outhouse at Whiskey Flats. 
Can't find an image of the front. 

Made out of leftover corrugated metal.





I don't know about the A/C, although the ice hatch could be a fun idea.

Just the same, I think I'd be tempted to put a vent pipe on the little dumper oven.

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A vent pipe...

Absolutely, your effluent is cooking down pretty fast in that sweat box.

With a vent pipe, the stink will be out and done quick.





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My second outhouse by Morrison Borax has a vent pipe.


Planning a third outhouse (can never have too many). 

This one is gonna have air conditioning,

if I can figure out how to scratch build an A/C unit.




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Here's another two-holer - up against the Lamphouse wall.





:w: What happens underground when you are caught short?  (_!_) ...  Well that's another matter.  :shocked:

Be careful where you put your feet when walking around in old workings.  :P




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Nice two-seater.





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" What happens underground when you are caught short ? "







:old dude:  (_!_)  (_!_)  :old dude:



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Who would like the job of having to empty that car?






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Don't recollect ever having seen a mine latrine car modeled...

Kind of makes me wonder, where do they dump it?


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" Don't recollect ever having seen a mine latrine car modeled "


I think I would spend time better on more important things

:bg:

... besides I don't have a mine  :)  :)


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" Who would like the job of having to empty that car ? "


I wouldnt particularly like the job of filling it up either !


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Hi all,

L:  The more modern-day equivalent comes without flanges on the wheels.

When you go down this deep.  :shocked:





It's 600 metres down to the end of the rope on this shaft at Beaconsfield in Tasmania.





And another 400 metres (1200') down to the lower levels by underground roadway,
in what was the wettest mine in Australia.
 
You have to pump other stuff out as well as a lot of incoming water.


May I introduce you to the "pump-out cart".





Designed to (just) fit into the shaft cage,
and then be towed by underground Landrover to where the business has been done.
 
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Pump out cart? 

Like a honey truck underground? 

That job sucks.  

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That would be a crappy job....

probably saved for the new employees.

:boogie: :boogie: :td:

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OLDEN HISTORY...
In the early days (before indoor bathrooms) there was the "honey dipper" man,
who drove his horse drawn truck down the alleys in the town cleaning out the outhouses.
He was paid to do this nasty job and he sold the "haul" to local farmers for fertilizer.
I have heard from several old dudes who knew about such things,
that although most prim & proper folks laughed at the old "dipper",
he laughed on his way to the bank.
He was one of the best paid fellows in the town.
After all, what fine "gentleman" would dare mess his hands up with cleaning the OH?
So, when other guys moaned about not having much money,
the "dipper" was "cleaning up"!

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Many cities and towns in Australia have narrow laneways at the rear of properties,
from the days of the night man as he was called,
so he could access your outside dunny.

We had the service when I was a lot younger,
and he would come and swap over the can any time, night or day.

Very annoying when you're sitting down reading the paper,
when all of a sudden, the trap door opens and the can was swapped over.

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Hi all,

Here's the story that goes with the Beaconsfield "underground dunny cart".
It is a tale of both success and tragedy.

The Beaconsfield mine is now closed and the site is now a mining museum that is well worth a look if you are in Tasmania.
Several years before the mine closed, chemical toilets were set up in the lower levels of the mine.
But no thought had been given to how they were going to be serviced.

Bringing them topside was not a viable option.
With limited "storage capacity" something had to be done quickly.
Our tour guide, a retired miner, designed and organised to have built, the underground dunny cart in the the photo.





That's him in the photo, telling the story of the underground dunny cart.
It also kept him in a job as a contractor "running" the cart until the mine finally closed.

Beaconsfield also hit the headlines back in 2006 when a cave-in trapped miners underground for a protracted period.
Two made it out alive after a fortnight trapped underground.
A third miner didn't make it out alive.
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Amazing story,

I read more about it here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaconsfield_Mine_collapse





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Beaconsfield has been on my need to visit list,
whenever I visit Tasmania.

Well worth a visit.

Get a kick out of the water powered stamp mill.

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I believe Alexander Scale Models made one 'back in the day',

for an HOn18" non-operating train.



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Thanks for the update Southpier,

Would that have been a plastic or metal model?...

I'm not familiar with that brand.

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That would be a metal latrine car.

Alexander Scale Models #2801.

Alexander made several HO scale mine equipment for static display.



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Photo of the Alexander 2801 mine latrine car kit.







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Yes, I remember that I had one of those back in the 1960's.
And I saw a real one in a little museum in Mogollon, NM. (name sound familiar?)
and saw another one out in Clifton, AZ at a little display by the Phelps Dodge mine office back about 10 years or so.
These cars looked like a long metal "box" with hatches on the top for "comfortable seating"!
If I can find my old Clifton photos, I have a pix of the one there.
I think I would prefer a nice wooden outhouse than a metal tank down in a mine...yep.

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I really liked Woodie's adobe Bano, so I went off to make one similar.





I used Durham's Wood Putty over a balsa wood frame.





I did add a few special touches to it, just to make it a little different.







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Hi Michael,

Nice job on the supersize extractor fan  :2t:

Dunno that I'd want to try reading the daily paper in there :w:





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The Maxell Man had a low aerodynamic seat & big armrests to hang on to


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My dad told me when I was a kid, that in the 20's and later,
that they used the Sears catalog instead of  toilet paper.

He also added that around Christmas time,
that they would usually be down to the harness section.



The only time that I used an outhouse was when I was a young teen,
working in the strawberry fields to make money to buy fireworks for the 4th.

Some of us use to toss in fireworks,
when a field boss that we didn't like was using the outhouse.

At times we would slide the outhouse, so the door opening was over the hole.
I don't recall if anyone ever fell into the hole though.



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Here are some writings about outhouses

https://cowboykisses.blogspot.com/2013/07/outhouses-in-old-west-by-jacquie-rogers.html





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Hi Michael  :mex:


Nice find ^^ on the cowboy crapper Thread !  :cb:  (_!_)





The story of how the 'Moon' & 'Star' door cutouts came about ...

... & yet another double-decker !!  :shocked: :shocked: (_!_) (_!_)





That' one  CRAZY  :Crazy: CRAPPER  there !  ^^

Said to be from 'Silver City' no less !  :old dude:



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Another link for outhouses

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-outhouse/

Did a quick search on fleabay and there are a number of outhouse postcards for sale.





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The pic you posted was of Silver City, Idaho, one of my favorite places.
A few years back I did an archaeological survey of the mines,
and recorded some of the architecture around that town.

Ironically it is home to another of my favorite outhouse,
I'll try to see if I can dig up a photograph.
 
But a mile or two above town,
an old mining shack and outhouse from the 1890s still stands.
 
The outhouse straddles the headwaters of a small creek
(conveniently providing a constant flow of water so it never requires cleaning...)
while the creek goes directly to town, where many of the occupants got their drinking water. 

Perhaps that's why everyone in the "old west" was so ornery...




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Bet that water had a nasty taste to it.


Disease was common in the "old west":

https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/disease-and-westward-expansion





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10 things you probably didn’t know about outhouses:

https://cottagelife.com/outdoors/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-outhouses/






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Interesting read, thx for posting that link.
Got me thinking about outhouses and their relationship to railroad operations:

On branch lines, like my Southern Pacific narrow gauge, 
the pace of the operations would probably allow crews to stop when nature calls.

I wonder how the engineer and fireman addressed these needs on mainline operations.
Did they just use the bushes behind the water tank when they did a water stop?

Did all cabooses have a commode?







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I remember a tale where during the summer sometimes,
the train crews would make an "unscheduled" stop,
and take a dip in a nearby creek to cool off.

As the story goes the practice was stopped,
after a horrified female passenger complained to railroad management,
about seeing naked crew members taking a swim.


On mainline operations,
the engine crew might be forced to use the coal pile to do their business. 

If it was just number 1 they could just lean out the side of the cab
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There was also "outhouse tipping"-
a couple of mischievous teens might push one over while it is occupied.
That's if they wanted to play a prank on whoever it was.
Most times they just tipped them over and ran off laughing.
This is "country lore" from Texas, probably other places also.

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The funny thing is these days, porta-johns have taken up that role.

They do exist in model form but you hardly ever see them on any modern-era-themed layouts...





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Had to look it up,
but port-a-johns are older than I thought.

Looks like a plastic version was copyrighted in the 1960s,
so in theory, some could meet the guidelines to be considered historic.

https://onsiteco.com/the-history-and-future-of-porta-potties/





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Hi all again,

A one-holer awaiting permanent fixing to the ground at the uphill end of the tipple deck





L:

It might need a bit of work on the door prior to its permanent planting to assist ventilation.

The colliery chippie did too good a job on fitting the door.




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Made some money off a port o potty once.

Cheap contractor cut the tank out then augered a holke.

Unfortunately he cut the neighborhood phone cable.
So he got to pay for the cable repair (trench around hole 2 splices).

Plus E.P.A. got him for hazardous waste and cleanup.




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That was an expensive move on the contractor's part.

Even if it was only a 100 pair telephone cable that's still a lot of splicing.

And, the last thing you want is any branch of the federal government examining your boo-boos.



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WPA - Works Project Administration

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Now to bring up the stupid question of the day.

I am modeling the year 1918,
and am showing an outhouse with the door open,
but so you can see the inside.

I plan to use a Sears catalog for toilet paper,
because I have seen that having toilet paper was a luxury back then.

The question burning in my mind is,
if any of the outhouses would have had a toilet seat cover back then,
maybe made out of wood.

I am modeling a schoolhouse so there would be two separate outhouses,
one labeled BOYS and one labeled GIRLS.

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The history of toilets goes back thousands of years,
with the common flushing toilet starting in the mid 1800s.

I don't know of anything specifically addressing toilet seats,
but it would seem reasonable to assume they were quite common hundreds of years ago,
and certainly by your early 1900s timeline.

Besides using a Sears catalog you could also go with Montgomery Ward.

I would think that a wooden toilet seat would be much appreciated by the users.




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I've always appreciated Oztrainz accurate & exacting modeling work ...    :brill:     :bow:

... but checking the sheet size of the toilet paper ^^ to the nearest Millimeter ... WOW !  :shocked:



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Just cut out wood mostly. 

Toilet seats... why? 

Seems like a lot of extra expense when boys just pee outside. 

There's a reason they call it  LaTreene.

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Who else remembers the '70s Great Outhouse Commotion in the NMRA Bulletin?

Lots of valuable info there.

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Still needs a tin roof (it's in the mail says the maker)

but this outhouse seemed a good subject to try some of Ray Dunakin's techniques.





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Must be a model of one pushed over with someone in it ?

Or perhaps snapped by a recumbent photographer ?


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Wes,

Very nice work there.

Much nicer than the ones I've put together.



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Eddie, your screen must be displaying the image sideways.

We have a great respect for gravity when it comes to outhouses.



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Just remember, people back then weren't stupid in where they'd place an outhouse.
They usually would put it as far back as the smell wouldn't be an issue in the summer time.

They also would make them with roofs that wouldn't turn them into saunas.
Tin roof on an outhouse?
I can't imagine anyone would have done that if they'd had ANY other material.

You'd also want ventilation near the top for light to get in and fumes to get out.




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You can see the ventilation above the door.
Works on convection.

And oddly enough, when I looked for images of desert outhouses,
a lot of them had tin roofs.

But I sure do follow your logic on the matter.

I doubt they would construct the outhouse of stone, either,
that's quite an effort for an outhouse.

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Here's an outhouse at Two Guns, AZ.





It seems that most outhouses were made from wood,
but many were also made from what was readily available.

I can understand not wanting to use tin for a roof,
but then just how much time did you want to spend in there? 

It's not like you were planning a picnic?


For those extremely dedicated fans of outhouses,
you might want to consider entering the Great Klondike International Outhouse Race:

https://dawsoncity.ca/event/great-klondike-international-outhouse-race/

Something to cross off your bucket list.




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There are some great pics of outhouses that give inspiration for modeling.  :2t:


Here is one in Australia near the start of the Nullabor desert that I had to visit.

What a relief the door wasn't locked.  :w:


I have to say I think this a CRAPPY TOPIC.....  :bg: :bg: :bg:

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A Pooseum.  ???


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-05/backyard-dunny-outhouse-brisbane-urban-utilities-pooseum/9019940


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ICM has come out with a 1:35 scale outhouse kit: 


https://www.scale-model-kits.com/products/Field-toilet-ICM35800.html





Didn't know there was a high demand for a commercially produced 1:35 scale outhouse.

The kit is kind of pricey, given one can be made out of most common materials.




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I don't know how I missed so much of this topic last year.  

The "Two Guns" outhouse was interesting, the name that is. 
Masonry, built like a brick _____ Pretty funny,
and the Concrete Crappa... 

hahahaha

The kit is pretty funny too, isn't it. 
There must be a demand.




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Regardless of what era we are modeling,
outhouses are a must if you are in any kind of rural area.

They can be built with your choice of materials,
and don't take up hardly any room. 

They're an easy one-evening project.
I have three on my layout so far.




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