Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Categories: Design and Architecture | Europe | History

In a bygone era, photographer Charles Marville was an avid toilet photography enthusiast. Strange as it may sound, there were plenty of public toilets in the 19th century that were worth photographing.

This collection of images provides an insight into the relatively new concept of urinals in 19th-century Paris. Invented in 1834, these old-fashioned toilets were designed to combat the unpleasant odors that constantly stood on the streets of cities in those days. This was a significant improvement in the general living conditions of the urban environment.

Judging by the photo of Marville, some urinals were richly decorated and oddly ornate, while the design of others was exceptionally functional. Many were equipped with a place for advertising.

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Urinal de Paris: Paris ' surprisingly well-designed public toilets for the 19th century

Keywords: Europe | Paris | France | History | Streets | Design and architecture | Cabin | Life | Toilet | XIX century

Post News Article

Recent articles

4 examples of abuse of watermelons
4 examples of abuse of watermelons

August in Russia is the month of watermelons: they appear on the shelves after the Airborne Forces Day and do not give up positions ...

The King of Paparazzi Ron Galella
The King of Paparazzi Ron Galella

For decades, 90-year-old Ron Galella was sometimes not the most welcome guest at parties, lying in wait for the stars at the moment ...

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire
The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

Almost the whole world knew Fyodor Andreevich Makhnov at one time. The fact is that he was the tallest person. With a weight of 182 ...

Related articles

Shocking facts about the life and hygiene of women in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries
Shocking facts about the life and hygiene of women in Europe ...

Modern people have become so quickly accustomed to the numerous benefits of civilization that it is now difficult to imagine how ...

"A game of observation and imagination": how a street photographer from Spain fights boredom
"A game of observation and imagination": how a street ...

The Instagram of the Spanish photographer Pau Buscató is a vivid example of how unusual a view of the world can be. A young man ...

London youngsters of the 70s and 80s
London youngsters of the 70s and 80s

Looking at the photos of Ridgers, it is difficult to understand where fashion ended and rebellion began at that time. So it was ...