Porta Potty History
The porta potty epidemic came across to the US around the 1940’s. Shipyard crews needed a convenient place to use the restroom. So, instead of going back and forth from the ship to the dock, a manager used a wood cabana to hold tanks in place. It was patented in 1962 by George Harding and the PolyJohn Corporation begun. Let’s now go back in time to uncover a few bits of royal history regarding the porta potty that you never knew.
Why Porta Potty’s are Considered the “Throne” Room
The Can, Commode, Little Girls or Boy’s Room, Lavatory Oval Office, Porcelain Throne, Water closet, or simply the “Throne,” we all know them as restrooms. However, they got their start with a well-known British nobleman named Sir “John” Harrington. He invented the first-flushing toilet back in 1596. This nobleman paved the way for our portable “john” toilets to be born.
Once the original “portable” thrones were invented, they weren’t a sight for sore eyes. They too were as ugly as the current unattended blue boxes you find in the parks.
However, members of the royal family saw fit to be seated on more of an upscale porta potty. The presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Henry VIII couldn’t dare be caught bare on such monstrosity. So, they had them transformed into beautiful, comfortable facilities, including velvet padded seat coverings. These portable restrooms were seated upon even during meetings that couldn’t wait. So there you have it, the portable “throne.”
Luxury Porta Potty’s fit for Our President
Here in the United States, our presidential staff were accustomed to the finer things in life also. So porta potties were not to be excluded. President Obama’s inauguration had people worldwide come see the monumental event. So, there was an order of 7,000-porta potty’s ordered. This was the largest order placed for an event in our US history.
President Bush also wanted to travel and have only the best. It is said that he actually had his own porta potty on his trip to Vienna. And even more shocking, all the contents were shipped right back to the States via Air Force One. The mystery of what could have been done with it remains unknown.
Even His Holiness Required a Massive Amount of Thrones
In Pope Benedict XVI visited Munich, Germany. His Holiness had an enormous amount of pilgrims coming to see his open-air mass that required over 8,000 porta potties on site.
Then later, Valencia was out of over two million euros accommodating the crowd with porta potties.
Grab Your Smartphone to Find a Porta Potty!
Another interesting aspect of the 2013 inauguration was that the Planning Committee wanted to ensure all witnesses of the swearing in ceremony were comfortable. So, they organized with the National Park Service an Inauguration Ceremony iPhone and Android app that not only directed visitors to their seats, provided live stream video of the events, but also directed them to the nearest porta potty. Of course, Dons Johns was there for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony!
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