Because the world was calling out for it, TPM has answered with a well-curated travel-thru-time homage to the profession that kicked off a million poop jokes, which traces the “fascinating evolution of plumbing technologies” through the centuries, all located in an historic former Civil War-era W’town ice house chock full of artifacts like claw-foot tubs, ornate sinks, old plumbing slogans (sample: “the plumber protects the health of the nation”), antique commodes, and water closets, which would probably be a much more hygenic place for R. Kelly to be trapped. Exhibits include a giant wall cutaway of the inner plumbing found in a typical American home, a replica 1910 plumber’s machine shop (with live hands-on demonstrations!), and even a replica of Marcel Duchamp’s famous 1917 signed urinal, Fountain, not to be confused with Fountainhead, which is what got Ayn Rand kicked out of the museum in the first place. There’re also other highlights like a handblown glass lavatory, 1928 Kohler electric sink (the precursor to the modern dishwasher), and even a rare woman’s urinal, made exclusively for Paula Poundstone.
Published on April 26, 2015 by HVACR.TV