Monday, June 26, 2006

Summer Reading Project - Book Four

(SRP4) Baths, Bogs and Basins: The Story of Domestic Sanitation by David J. Eveleigh (2002) 175 pgs.

A quick run-down on the history of bathrooms, primarily in England. Reading this book will grant you an intimate knowledge of toilets, a technological achievement that is often taken for granted in developed countries. I now know the difference between a wash-down water closet and a wash-out water closet, and am confirmed in my belief that sanitation is our friend. (Even if it wastes water. Cholera, anyone?)

Lovely pictures. I would have liked to learn more about bathroom fixture design in the 20th century, but that was largely skimmed over. A-

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