Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Privy War

The Enquirer reported today that Elbert Preston, 79 of Batavia has a new privy after a protracted battle with country authorities, he apparently did not want the added expense of a septic system and his home was surrounded by a large tract of farmland. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_NEW_OUTHOUSE?SITE=OHCIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-06-10-01-42-51
We forget as the encroachment of modern society to more rural areas moves forward there is a "Cultural Clash" between modern society and rural america. I have traveled through parts of rural Kentucky and Tennessee and you still see privys. The photograph above was taken in 1935 in Cincinnati and shows that even at a time when Cincinnati was "big city' Modern convenience had not made its way to everyone in town. (photograph is a public domain photo from the archives and was taken by Carl Mydans ). In fact many parts of Cincinnati did not get "Modern Conveniences' until the 1940's.

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