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