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   Undertoad  Sunday May 23 10:39 AM

May 23, 2010: Travelling Commode in form of Large Book

Neatorama finds this item which sold at auction.

The name of the book is Historia Universalis, which makes me wonder if it was chosen for its irony. The book is a fake, obviously, which folds out to construct the device seen here. You'd put a chamber pot underneath, and then you'd sit and then, I suppose, you'd have to aim. Really well.

Another historical skill lost to invention.

The auction site says "An unusual example of the use of the book form to disguise travelling personal furniture, probably for use on the military field." Ah, marksmanship.

Trilby  Sunday May 23 10:57 AM

"personal furniture," - best use of euphemism yet!

lumberjim  Sunday May 23 12:53 PM

I don't think the aim would be that big a deal.... you'd be firing from point blank range, I'd think.

The folio opens to reveal two oaken boards that can be folded out to form a closed square and one board lifted upward to become the seat, the hole in the middle ready to hold a chamber pot.
splinters or being pinched might be a hazard on a worn model like that one...

Trilby  Sunday May 23 02:01 PM

I pinch!

Trilby  Sunday May 23 02:04 PM

pour vous

squirell nutkin  Sunday May 23 09:09 PM

Nice, but nothing compared to The Burgundy Loaf

dmg1969  Monday May 24 12:51 PM

I can't imagine why they're not still around.

"Oh, what are you reading"
"Don't bother. While the beginning was pleasing, the ending was shitty and left me wiped."

Flint  Monday May 24 03:02 PM

Originally Posted by squirell nutkin View Post
Nice, but nothing compared to The Burgundy Loaf
Nice reference!

This was one of the funniest shows ever, and of course I thought of the Burgandy Loaf immediately when I saw this thread.

Gravdigr  Tuesday May 25 06:00 AM

I've read some shitty books in my day, but, this...

newtimer  Tuesday May 25 11:17 AM

The plot thickens!

wolf  Tuesday May 25 02:01 PM

Charming, but I, for one, am quite grateful for the modern improvements in the porta-potty.

SPUCK  Wednesday May 26 06:29 AM

Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
The plot thickens!

The plot runs on.

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