… and a sink and a potty, too. Some of the most well-crafted watercolors I’ve seen—albeit no Paul Klee—are the sample water closets created for plumbing company catalogs, like this one for The United States Sanitary Mfg Co. Although the cover suggests a police force comprised of toilet-brush-and-Lysol–armed sanitarians, it is actually a very handsome little resource for the restroom connoisseur. This c.1920s bible of sinks, tubs and crappers is an example of yet another lost design venue, overshadowed by photography and the sleek automatic Toto-esque bathroom ensemble.
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