Thursday, April 1, 2010

Decorative Privy Bags....Yep!

My friend Jill shared this great little exhibit with me. It is at the Cocalico Valley Historical Society in Ephrata, PA. It looks like it would be worth a stop if you are nearby. The exhibit runs through May 15th.

Seriously, who has ever heard of a quilted privy bag?
Jill writes, "I was told that these bags were hung in the outhouses ONLY for company, and pages of the Sears catalog, or whatever paper, were put in them."

I think they are too cute to go in an outhouse!! Wouldn't you agree?









25 comments:

  1. Oh they are wonderful! And just think . . . . they would forever end the ongoing over/under debate *s*

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  2. Now, we all need to make some of these!

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  3. Hi -
    I missed this exhibit, so thanks for showing such great photos. Jill showed me the catalog from the exhibit. Who knew?

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  4. Wonderful!! Never heard of this before.

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  5. What do you mean...you don't have one? Hee! Really, they are so very pretty!

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  6. I've never heard of privy bags but they're wonderful!

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  7. Thanks for posting, Lori! Great mini quilts.

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  8. Well, I'll be darned. I've never heard of that, but it makes perfect sense doesn't it? Cool, thanks so much for sharing this.

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  9. Wow...learn something new everyday!

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  10. These are incredible! Those ladies just wanted to make every room pretty, didn't they?

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  11. LOL, we could make them to put by the computer to hold the printed out instructions and pictures we are constantly using up our ink on.

    Lucy (in IN)

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  12. These are great! It makes sense that they would want to have something pretty in there - we decorate our bathrooms. Love them!

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  13. What an interesting exibit - they are really wonderful! What time period are they from? I am so thankful for my indoor plumbing!!

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  14. Oh they are wonderful! I've got to get the book!

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  15. I have plans to go in a couple weeks. I can't wait. I thought I was the only one who knew what a privy bag was!

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  16. I've never heard of them, but they're wonderful!! I think I should make a couple of these!

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  17. I have never heard of a privy bag! The only privy I have ever been in scared me to death. It was in my Granparents cabin and there was a huge wasps nest up in the corner. I was on 6 years old and terrified!

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  18. There is a high end antique quilt dealer who has one of these on her website for the paltry sum of $685! It is lovely. Shall we all decorate the necessary rooms in our homes with quilts now?

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  19. Well, I do have a quilt hung in my indoor privy but it doesn't hold the Sears Catalogue. I guess I need to make a privy bag for that room. Now I just need to find a Sears catalogue to stock it.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. Always something interesting on your blog!

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  20. Another place to display our quilted goodies! I never even heard of them but how interesting.
    Thanks for sharing these.

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  21. They are so cute! I've never heard of them before. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Add me to the list of those that never heard of privy bags. They're wonderful though..and must have been a bit of status symbol? :)

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  23. I've never heard of this. They are wonderful, I'll have to hunt for these next time I'm out antiquing.

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  24. They are awesome, I love them and I wish I was close enough to make it to the exhibit!
    Love your blog!

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  25. Wow - these "little quilts" are amazing - imagine having something that pretty to look at hle you're in the outhouse!

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