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World Toliet Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 19, 2021

Today, November 19, is World Toilet Day as designated by the United Nations. The day is to raise awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.
This photo show a three-story outhouse on State Street, in the West Side Neighborhood of St. Paul in 1940. It is from the St. Paul Daily News.