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History of the Flush Toilet

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In 1930 the Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles. The company used the same machinery that it used to manufacture toilet bowl brushes. The trees were made from the same animal-hair bristles used in the brushes, save they were dyed green. For a time, the brush trees were immensely popular, with large numbers exported to Great Britain, where the trees also became popular. These brush trees offered advantages over the earlier feather trees. They could accept heavier ornamentation, and were not nearly as flammable.

When and where
was toilet paper first invented?

*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!

*USA…1890 - The Scott Paper Company was the first company to manufacture tissue on a roll, specifically for the use of toilet paper. Faced with the consumers' resistance toward the "unmentionable" product, Scott came up with the idea of customizing rolls for every merchant-customer they had. Under this private-label arrangement, Scott purchased large "jumbo" rolls of paper from various paper mills and converted them into packages of small rolls and stacked sheets.

*Great Britain…1880- British Perforated Paper Company The rest of the story >>

1935: Northern Tissue advertises its toilet paper as "splinter-free".

History of the Baby Diaper

According to Carlos Richer at the 50 years of Evolution! website, there are several documents that refer to the special clothing used for the babies of ancient times. Milkweed leaf wraps, animal skins, and other creative natural resources, a far cry from today's disposable diapers. The Egyptian, the Aztec, the Romans, and many others, who left documentation of their day to day activities, mention its use. Its need covers all segments of the population, from princesses to beggars. This is one of the very first items that distinguished man from animals, believe it or not!. Don't miss Mr. Richer's Timeline of the Disposable Diaper.

More Histories

Charmin Toilet Tissue's Famous Mr. Whipple

From 1964 to 1985, and again in 1999, Dick Wilson, a character actor, portrayed Mr. Whipple in more than 500 commercials for Charmin toilet paper. The first ad was filmed in Flushing, N.Y., a bit of trivia Wilson liked to share in interviews. The Mr. Whipple (aka “George the Grocer”) character was created to promote the “squeezable softness” of Charmin. Mr. Whipple appeared for more than 20 years in Charmin television, radio, and print advertising. Mr. Wilson died 19 November 2007 at age 91.

History of Kohler

Early Kohler Crew Kohler's history begins in 1873, with the first of many bold business moves. Despite a climate of financial panic and the start of a five-year economic depression, 29-year-old Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler purchased the Sheboygan Union Iron and Steel Foundry. The firm got its successful start producing cast iron and steel implements for farmers, castings for the city's furniture factories, and ornamental iron pieces that included cemetery crosses, urns and settees. A key turning point came in 1883 when John Michael seized upon another bold idea to improve his customers' quality of life. By applying baked enamel coating to a Kohler horse trough/hog scalder, he had created the Kohler Co.'s first bathtub. Kohler was in the plumbing business.

CLICK TO BUY -- The History of American Standard ... flows from the stories of two manufacturing giants indispensable to the worlds health and welfare. In 1929, the American Radiator Company and Standard Sanitary Corporation merged to form American Standard. Today, with 44,000 employees, American Standard has become a multinational manufacturer and distributor of plumbing, air conditioning and automotive products. Through innovations and acquisitions, American Standard, headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, continues to set industry standards that improve the way we live.

History of American Standard

Before American Standard, there was the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. It was founded in 1875, and merged with several other small plumbing manufacturers in 1899 to form the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. Standard Sanitary pioneered many of the plumbing product improvements introduced in the early part of this century including the one-piece toilet, built-in tubs, combination faucets (which mix hot and cold water to deliver tempered water) and tarnish-proof, corrosion-proof chrome finishes for brass fittings. By 1929, Standard had become the world's largest producer of bathroom fixtures. That same year, the Standard Sanitary Corporation merged with American Radiator Company to form the American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corporation. The corporation adopted the name "American Standard" in 1967. For the complete story read "The History of American Standard" by Jeffrey L. Rodengen.

History of Genova Plumbing

The story of substituing plastic plumbing piping for conventional metal material is too long to tell here, but it wound up in the creation of Genova Products, Inc. Robert F.William bucked the odds, and staked the Genesee Plumbing and Heating Supply Company business he had spent the first two thirds of his life creating and pushed it to the center of the table as collateral for his life's biggest gamble... creating a brand new business and industry. Continued ...

History of Briggs Plumbing Products, Inc.

Briggs Plumbing Products, Inc. was founded in 1908 by Walter Owen Briggs and began as an innovative auto-body manufacturing company. During the 1940s, Briggs introduced a line of steel plumbing fixtures that offered an unparalleled level of quality and style. In the 1960s and '70s, Briggs pioneered many industry firsts such as the one-piece toilet, color plumbing fixtures and the world's first five-foot whirlpool bath.

Early TOTO toilet


TOTO Ltd. was established in 1917 as Japan's first producer of vitreous china sanitary ware.

TOTO USA, Inc. began operations in California in 1989. By 2006, TOTO USA had grown dramatically and is now a leader in the mid- to high-end residential and commercial plumbing products. TOTO employs 550+ Americans; has two major manufacturing plants, located in Georgia; an extensive assembly plant in Canada; and a logistics/warehousing facility (with over a million square feet of storage space), in Fairburn, GA.

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