A few years ago, two enthusiastic Canadian girls, Sian James and Morna Gregory, approached us looking for sponsorship: they wanted to travel the world photographing curious loos, then publish a book of the results.
We rather envied them as we thought it a capital idea. Unfortunately, few others thought the same and they struggled to find additional financial support. Crapper & Co. helped them as much as we could, but at the time our sponsorship account was heavily over-subscribed.
Eventually they were able to journey around Britain and Europe touring some historic, some grand, some grisly and some weird lavatories. The quality of their photographs and prose proved impressive; funding from other firms became more forthcoming and T.C & Co. helped a little more. Then they set sail for the rest of the world. The result is an extraordinary book of the glorious and the ghastly; hundreds of photographs of some of the most remarkable loos in the world. Within its pages lie magnificent urinals in Scotland; ultra-modern stainless steel loos in Germany; hand-decorated ‘rest-rooms’ in America; snow-covered out-houses in Canada; classic corrugated-iron ‘longdrops’ in Australia; ‘half-caste’ bowls in India (a compromise between Western and Eastern preferences); Victorian Crappers in Great Britain; a solid-gold W.C. pan in Hong Kong; moribund lavatories in Africa (almost engulfed by the encroaching sand-dunes) and deliberately terrifying public conveniences in Japan.
After the successful launch of the book, our managing director was astonished and humbled when told by a relative of one of the authors that it was our moral support (rather than financial) that helped to save the project in its early days. We wish only that we had done more!
In summary: a book that should be in everyone’s smallest room and ideal even for the briefest of visits.
ISBN: 13 978-1-8589-4337-4
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