company-built houses erected by the Hyde-Murphy Company for the
Coal Company did not have indoor
bathrooms. Frequently, a double outhouse would service two neighbors and their
families such as this one. Outhouses were periodically cleaned by men called "honey dippers." Some residents were creative in modernizing these
outdoor privies such as wallpapering the
inside. Some residents provided store-bought toilet paper especially for their
visiting out-of-town relatives or friends.
Photo: collection of the author.