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Many Americans, especially those living in warmer areas, did not bother to build or use "privies," or outhouses. Privies were much more common in areas with high populations or in those parts of the country with a colder climate. Most households also had at least one or two chamber pots. These "chambers" were usually made of clay and often had lids. Families stored them under the bed and used them at night, upon waking, and for sick people who could not make the journey to the privy. Emptying chamber pots, either down the privy or simply by tossing the contents out of a convenient window, was a daily morning chore.


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Chamber Pot

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1820
location   Unknown
process/materials   clay
item type   Household Goods/Container
accession #   #1999.13.507

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