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The History of the Toilet

Often thought of as a byproduct of our modern civilization,toilets actually date back to ancient civilizations. It kind of makes our strides
seem insignificant when we reflect on the Indus Valley civilization, circa
2600-1900 BC, which had streets in a grid pattern with sewers dug under them.

They had toilets and those were flushed with water. Dating as far back
as Ancient Egyptian times, wealthy people had toilets in their homes and
they, too, were flushed with water. Oddly, toilets in the Middle Ages
consisted of holes dug out in the ground with a piece of wood over them.
Seemingly sophisticated during these Middle Age times, monks built chutes
that would empty into the sea, which served as their prehistoric plumbing system.

The Ancient World

The ancients were on to something and over the years this model would become
refined. A myth that Thomas Crapper invented the flushing toileRuston Toilet Repairt is just that. The first patent for a flushing toilet was given to Alexander
Cumming in 1775. By the 19th century, toilets were made of porcelain.
They also had a chain for flushing and most had wooden seats. In 1884
the first pedestal toilet design hit the market. This model seems to the
be the perennial favorite as it sounds a lot like what we are still using
today. In the late 19th century, indoor toilets were still very much a
luxurious item, and generally found only in the homes of the very wealthy.

Public Toilets

Public toilets date back to the 16th century. There were laws in the middle
1500s precluding people from relieving themselves on royal palace property.
Apparently at this time there was a trend of relieving oneself whenever,
and wherever, when one felt the need! In 1852, the first truly public
facility was opened in London. The toilet paper market would soon follow
and the first rolls were sold in the United States in the late 1850s.


The world of toilets has come a long way. Now with Dutch retractable urinals
that recede into the ground for cleansing in between uses, to the real-time
LED displays located at the entrances to public restrooms in Taipei that
show which stalls are in use and varied other information, toilets have
indeed become quite modern. While some are still regarded as being quite
dirty, as are public restrooms in Rome, the toilet itself seems to have
not changed much since that original design of the late 1800s. They are
definitely getting fancier, however!

If you’re ever having toilet troubles in your Ruston home call Mark Johnson Plumbing at (318) 257-6167