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Rare Photos Of Surprisingly Fancy Urinals From 19th Century Paris

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Rare Photos Of Surprisingly Fancy Urinals From 19th Century Paris

Back in the day, Charles Marville was the go-to man for urinal photography. And as weird as that sounds, from the looks of things, there were plenty of unique urinals to photograph.

This collection of photos gives us a peek into the relatively new concept of pissiors in 19th century Paris. Invented in 1834, these old-fashioned urinals were built as a way to regulate the "foul odors" that permeated the streets. They represented a huge improvement to overall living conditions in the city.

As you can tell from Marville's photos, some pissoirs were ornate and oddly glamorous while others were simply designed for function. And many had advertising space above the heads of patrons.

How's that for guerilla marketing?

Keep scrolling for a little tour of the 19th-century Parisian public urinal scene.

Via Monovisions

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