The Gallier Bathroom Looked like furniture Still a beautiful pot Flushed out into courtyard with gravity dropping it down into a ditch. Cesspool collected waste Honeydippers cleaned it out.
What did enslaved / poor people use? Privies / outhouses Located outside Like a port-o-potty
You can’t flush an outhouse… Honey Dippers or Night Soil Men visited homes Came with wagons at about 4 in the morning Through carriageway Removed waste Brought it to a pier Dumped it in river
Bathing Once a week Maybe more in summer Father in water first Then mother Then oldest… down to the youngest
Sitz Bathtub Thought it would help digestion Sit in tub Let belly etc soak in water
The streets… Bath water Chamber pots Animal bones Trash from household meals And… Horse poop!
Trash! Trash was everywhere! Rain made it wet but didn’t wash it away. Swampy, smelly Ditches along street were full- could fall into them! Corners had bridges between sidewalks
The Worst Stench The levees that keep the water out also kept the waste in. Because the city is so low, the waste can’t drain away like in other places. New Orleans is also a very wet city. There were deep puddles of pee and pooh on the streets at all times!
Dealing with the Smell People did not know how to get rid of the bad smell back then. So, instead of removing the bad smell, they covered it up with a good smell. Courtyards were filled with citrus fruits and roses. Flavored bath salts and flower bouquets helped!