It’s amazing what you can find on a toilet wall these days, and I’m not talking smut or graffiti here either!

I was visiting a steam railway site at Tanfield Lee Co. Durham last month when I felt the urge and needed to go. I had all my camera kit with me; case, tripod, lenses, filters, and of course camera; so it all had to go with me into the gentleman’s convenience. Fortunately for me there were very few visitors, and this sign caught my eye so I snapped it.

An interesting fact is that this manufacturer is probably responsible for the widespread use of the word “crap” for anything that should be discarded.

Now don’t be too cross with me for bring up all things toilet in this subject and in due course mentioning the word “crap” a few times because it’s taken me 20 years to call it “crap”! :o)

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Inspired by my dad in visual arts and music from a very early age. He mentored me in photography, film processing and printing when I was 7 or 8 years old. He wouldn’t teach me to play guitar though so I had to teach myself, and played bass in a group while I was at University for pocket money. I took early retirement in 2009 and rekindled my passion for photography. My art is eclectic. I’ll photograph anything and everything. The world is full of images just waiting to be captured.

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  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 3 years ago

    Very interesting, my friend!! Chelsea is my daughter’s name…

  • This is just a bit of fun, as you know I like a laugh from time to time.
    At first I couldn’t see the connection with your daughter so I re-read the poster, was she born in Marlborough Road by any chance? :o)

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your cool comment Barb!

    – Harry Purves

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarabout 3 years ago

    Excellent! I guess that few people know that John Crapper was the one that invented the indoor toilet.

  • Now what made me think that of a people on the bubble you would know that? Great stuff Chris, when it comes to history I am a complete philistine! Ask me about maths, physics, engineering and I’m Ok, but I’m afraid I just go to sleep when people talk history.

    Never mind, I really do appreciate your comments, many thanks for taking the time to do so! I bet you’re after another track! He he :o)

    – Harry Purves

  • April Jarocka
    April Jarockaabout 3 years ago

    Very interesting but you know Harry, between friends….just don’t be hanging around outside too many toilets with your camera gear!!! LOL

  • Ah yes, you are so right! All the action happens inside the toilets, the photographs would be far more graphic! I’ll tell my mammy what you said. He he!

    Not really a serious work but hopefully amusing, I certainly got a laugh from it and the comments it has evoked.

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    I agree with April – middle aged men with cameras in gentlemen’s toilets are frowned upon by the men in blue … ☺ Only teasing!

    I found this for you:

    Thomas Crapper (baptised 28 September 1836; died 27 January 1910) was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. in London. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock. He was noted for the quality of his products and received several Royal Warrants.

  • And I thought the men in blue would be more concerned about me taking my camera into the toilet! :-)

    I think the derivative of his name used in describing the main commodity deposited in the flush toilet was mainly due to his production and purveyance of sanitary ware. I did know he didn’t invent the flush loo, but he did make and sell quite a lot of them. I believe Mr. Crapper and Henry Bazelgette made an enormous contribution to modern day health and cleanliness!

    Great subject, thanks for your addition on the great man.

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    “more concerned”? …. more concerned than what? I hope you didn’t have a sound recording team in there as well ☺

  • Well ……

    – Harry Purves

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 3 years ago

    lol…Great find

  • Thanks Angel, I know this pub with posters in the toilets, but I’d need to get permission to go there out of opening hours – too public if you know what I mean.

    – Harry Purves

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