The Fernie Museum is proud to present Cabinet of Curiosities, a video series investigating the stories behind our artifact collection. Each week, a new object is thoroughly examined by our trusty Collectionsperson, Lindsay Vallance.

The star of this week’s show is not an object, but a room: specifically, the bath-room. Come with us and explore the Victorian London’s ludicrous lack of ladies lavatories, and how it affected lives of half the population.

Credits:
Contributor(s): Australasian Sketcher / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StateLibQld_2_174867_Sketch_entitled,_The_New_Queensland_Ministry.jpg

Print, Austria No. 1: Plate from “Dickinson’s Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851,” published 1854., 1851
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Print,_Austria_No._1-_Plate_from_%22Dickinson%27s_Comprehensive_Pictures_of_the_Great_Exhibition_of_1851,%22_published_1854.,_1851_(CH_18669933).jpg

Fax Talbot / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:007_-_FOX_TALBOT_-_GREAT_EXHIBITION_1851.jpg

Interior of the Crystal Palace
J. McNeven / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crystal_Palace_-_interior.jpg

Designs for Public Water Closets and Urinals
See page for author / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Designs_for_Public_Water-Closets_and_Urinals_Wellcome_L0034429.jpg
Credit: Designs for Public Water-Closets and Urinals. Metroploitan Sewers 15th March 1849. Joseph William Bazalgette
Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Underground Convenience, Marylebone. George Jennings Ltd./ Clive Hurst/ Flickr
Underground Convenience, Marylebone. George Jennings Ltd.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode

Public toilet w/ graffiti
Photo by Gabor Monori on Unsplash

You’re not painting this, are you?
Quinn Dombrowski/ Flickr/ Taken March 28, 2008
You're not painting this, are you?
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Tring high street, 19th century
Unknown author / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tring_High_Street,_19th_century.jpg

Title page from Our Social Health
Published by S Welles Cone, Boston, 1865 Source: The Wellcome Collection.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
https://wellcomecollection.org/works/eagzqk8t/items?canvas=5&sierraId=b2116406x

Urinoir Paris
Charles Marville / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Marville,_Urinoir_en_ardoise_%C3%A0_3_stalles,_Chauss%C3%A9e_du_Maine,_ca._1865.jpg

Woman in a Park
Charles Cottet / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woman_park_cottet.jpg

La toilette intime (Bourdaloue)
François Boucher / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois_Boucher_-_La_Toilette_intime_(Une_Femme_qui_pisse),_1760s.jpg

Bourdaloue
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bourdaloue_(France),_18th_or_early_19th_century_(CH_18459699-2).jpg

Women in the Garden
Claude Monet / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_024.jpg

Pierre-Auguste Renoir / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre-Auguste_Renoir_-_Femme_avec_parasol_dans_un_jardin_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

The Bayswater Omnibus by George W. Joy / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_William_Joy_-_The_Bayswater_Omnibus.jpg

Department Store, Finney Isles, Brisbane 1910
ee page for author / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StateLibQld_2_117876_Interior_of_Finney_Isles_department_store,_Brisbane,_1910.jpg

Women shopping
Image by Michael Drummond Pixabay

McWhirters Department Store, Brisbane 1910
Unknown author / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Window_display_in_McWhirters_department_store_in_Fortitude_Valley_Brisbane_to_celebrate_King_George_V%27s_ascension_to_the_throne_in_1910.jpg

Ladies mile, New York
Unknown author / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ladies_Mile,_New_York_1898.jpg

Gun factory
George P. Lewis (1918). / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Women_workers_in_the_New_Gun_Factory_Woolwich_WWI_IWM_Q_27845.jpeg

Women railway workers
Unknown author / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Women_Railway_Workers_during_the_First_World_War_Q109850.jpg

Trolley driver
Nicholls Horace / Public domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Women_at_work_during_the_First_World_War_Q30804.jpg

Comfort room signage
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Photo of US Senate Building by aviation_traveler1011 / Public domain
https://www.needpix.com/photo/1911413/senate-usa-capitol-politics-government-washington-america-congress-architecture

Parliament Buildings Ottawa
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parliament-Ottawa.jpg
No machine-readable author provided. Arctic.gnome assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

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