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Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper
Extracts from Adam Hart-Davis's book.
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In 1927, concerned that women were poorly provided with public lavatories, and always had to pay to use a cublicle, while men could use urinals without charge, the Public Health Committee in London reported that ``a fitment for women has been designed, known as a urinette. It is similar to a w.c., but is narrower and has a flushing rim. ... Urinettes are fixed in w.c. compartments, usually with a curtain in front instead of a door.''

Eight boroughs installed urinettes in a total of 30 places, but, the report confesses, ``The urinettes are not popular ... the attendants state that they are sometimes used in an uncleanly manner and require supervision to maintain them in a hygenic condition.''

See also Shaw.

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