You can still find the occasional diaper service -- they've made a comeback in the wake of the green movement -- but they're mostly found in upscale neighborhoods. My mother rinsed our diapers in an old grease drum, which she then dumped in the backyard. I once fell into this drum when she ran to answer the phone, and the memory remains powerful. Disposables have been around since the late thirties -- "Chux" brand was the first -- but they didn't go truly mainstream until the late sixties. My sister and I were both cloth babies -- my little brother, born in 1971, started in cloth but ended up in Pampers.