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Throne Room: 1935

Throne Room: 1935

July 1935. "Negro slum privy, Washington, D.C. Within a few hundred yards of the new House Office Building is a row of these unkempt privies." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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15,000

According to David Brinkley's memoir of the time, Washington Goes to War, there were about 15,000 such outdoor privies in DC when WW II started.

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It is amazing what we take for granted. Now I feel bad because I'm always complaining that we only have one bathroom in our house. At least it IS an indoor bathroom and I only have to share it with my husband. Thank you Shorpy for putting things into perspective for me!

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