Spitoon use in the Appalachians in the 40s?

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  1. p51

    p51 One Too Many

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    Got these today from eBay. Those ashtrays were used in the 40s, though I'm not sure if spitoons were used that late. Does anyone know?

    $_57.jpeg This is for my model railroad layout which takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1943.
    I mean, this is the area where people were still using outhouses as late as the 1970s and 80s. Still, I do not want to use something if it is anachronistic.
     
  2. Edm1

    Edm1 Familiar Face

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    Well...in the 70s they weren’t. My grandfather had to carry his own coffee can everywhere.
     
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  3. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    I remember when the cuspidors/spittoons were fInally removed from the House Chambers in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s!
     
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  4. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    It would be my guess that they still were fairly prevalent in this area in the 40s, because growing up in the 60s and 70s, they were still present in some of the sit-around-the-stove-and-talk hardware and general stores in our area. The lower-class places just had a box of sand under the stove, which seemed to encourage spitting on the stove itself. :eek:

    As far as outhouses, I won't go so far to say they are still common, but I do know of several still in use in this part of our county. If maintained properly, they're not too bad, just cold/hot/spidery. WAY better than the "pit toilets" you find in some state and USFS recreation areas.
     
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  5. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    Around the pond in northern Vermont where my little cabin is, some of the neighbors are downright competitive about who has the nicest/coolest/cleanest outhouse. Others don’t give a err.... hoot.
     
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  6. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom One Too Many

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    Yep. Maybe this belongs under “vintage things that have disappeared” topic. When I was a kid in the 1960s, we used to rent a cabin that had an outhouse. Haven’t seen a real outhouse in years... portopotties don’t count.
     
  7. sal

    sal One of the Regulars

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    Ha. I still have an outhouse at my cabin in Pennsylvania
     
  8. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Outhouses are still very common here. We have a lot of back-to-the-land, off-the-gridder types who use them. I've been in houses that even had outhouses built into the house, where a running-water bathroom would be.
     
  9. earl

    earl One of the Regulars

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    When I was an undergrad in South Dakota in the early 70's, did an internship in the state legislature. At that time, there were still spittoons by each legislator's desk. Those were still "wild west" days there than with much partying going on. Not surprising to see the then lieutenant governor show up at the local watering hole and party on. Of course, this was the same guy that rode his horse up the capitol steps into the building.
     
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