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TAG : Privy

About the Privy

There was one on every farm, A structure important as the barn, Was used on cold days and warm.Its dimensions were around 4' x 4' , Had a bench and one door,With a catalog on the floor.Now a memory obsession, Not a modern Trivia question, But what is it? Keep on guessin'.Child of today says, ...

Double-Outhouse on the Farm

I grew up on a farm that had a double outhouse or privy. Never saw any like it on any farm.Ours was a five holer, all under the same roof. The ladies' side had three holes, two large ones and a small and low one for children.The other side for men had two holes, a wall divided the two. Each had ...

Outdoor Privy Used During Depression Era, Before Widespread Indoor Plumbing

The Biffy, better know as the Privy, was located about thirty yards from the back door of the dwelling. The standard size of this building was large enough to accommodate two holes and was commonly used during the depression era, before indoor plumbing. Occasionally a deluxe model was available ...

Couple enjoy owning antique ‘Eleanor’ outhouse

The name “Eleanor” brings fond memories to the fore for some old-timers. Although a vital part of farms and rural communities across the American landscape, she was usually relegated to the back part of properties, some yards from the back door. Even so, she was visited often.Eleanor was ...