How Seasons Affected Outhouses

Nature made outhouses more or less enjoyable depending on the weather.

| Good Old Days

The traditional outhouse was usually at the end of a well-worn path leading to a hidden spot in the grove.

Hollyhocks or a climbing vine secluded the little facility. If it was an elite outhouse the walls might be covered with left-over wallpaper.

Occasionally a mail order catalog was laid between the seats - for reading, of course.

One of the assets was that it provided a hideaway for the kids when dishes were to be done.

The outhouses provided refuge for spiders, bees, crickets, or an occasional lizard.

Winter time provided a far different story. Snow blew in through the cracks around the door and windows, so a quick brush off was necessary before taking a seat.

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