Disposable lavatory seat covers, France, 1860-1930

Made:
1860-1930 in Paris
maker:
Hachette Ainé

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Box of 30 lavatory seat covers by H.A. Paris, made in France, 1871-1930

This pack of thirty flushable toilet seat covers was designed for use in the public toilets of Paris. They were intended to protect the user from germs or bacteria and probably appealed to genteel men and women keen to avoid indirect contact with their less hygiene-minded fellow citizens. Instructions in French are also translated into English and German. The brand name is ‘L’ Anticontact’, which suitably describes the product’s use. It is thought that ‘L’ Anticontact’ was made by Hachette Ainé of Paris, who manufactured toilet paper and other accessories.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A637802
Materials:
cardboard and string
type:
lavatory seat cover
credit:
Moore, D.G.