History of toilet paper
Sometime I was so curious with the history of the toilet paper, especially when I use it :) Then I try to use google to search it today. I use the keywords: sanitary tissue+history+toilet paper, and I found this site! Very interesting...
What did people use before toilet paper was invented?
- Newsprint, paper catalogue pages in early US
- Hayballs, Scraper/gompf stick kept in container by the privy in the Middle Ages
- Discarded sheep's wool in the Viking Age, England
- Frayed end of an old anchor cable was used by sailing crews from Spain and Portugal
- Medieval Europe- Straw, hay, grass, gompf stick
- Corn cobs, Sears Roebuck catalog, mussel shell, newspaper, leaves, sand- United States
- Water and your left hand, India
- Pages from a book, British Lords
- Coconut shells in early Hawaii
- Lace was used by French Royalty
- Public Restrooms in Ancient Rome- A sponge soaked in salt water, on the end of a stick
- The Wealthy in Ancient Rome-Wool and Rosewater
- French Royalty-lace, hemp
- Hemp & wool were used by the elite citizens of the world
- Defecating in the river was very common internationally
- Bidet, France
- Snow and Tundra Moss were used by early Eskimos
First toilet tissue:
- China…AD 1391 - The Bureau of Imperial Supplies began producing 720,000 sheets of toilet paper a year, each sheet measuring two feet by three feet. For use by the Emperors.
- USA…1857 - New Yorker Joseph C. Gayetty produced the first packaged bathroom tissue in the United States in 1857. The Gayetty Firm from New Jersey produced the first toilet paper named "The Therapeutic Paper". It contained an abundance of aloe, a curative addition. The company sold it in packs of 500 sheets for fifty cents, and Joseph Gayetty had his name printed on each sheet!
The roll did not easily fit into the consumer market at first. At the time, society did not speak of the subject frequently. It was quite 'unmentionable" to talk about this product in the conservative, Victorian era. However, during this time indoor plumbing was improving and the public had a desire for better hygiene.