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Bum Fodder : an Absorbing History of Toilet Paper.

Author: Richard Smyth
Publisher: London : Souvenir Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the hidden history of an invention that we use every day but seldom dare to speak of. In medieval China it was cutting-edge technology. For 19th-century Americans it was a newfangled alternative to dried corncobs and the Sears & Roebuck catalogue. Wits in Georgian London preferred pages of bad poetry. The sages of ancient Athens were content to wield the xylospongion instead. It's the tale of toilet paper;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smyth, Richard.
Bum Fodder : An Absorbing History of Toilet Paper.
London : Souvenir Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Smyth
ISBN: 9780285641204 0285641204
OCLC Number: 817875305
Description: 1 online resource (143 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Contents; 1. Beginnings; 2. Experiments; 3. The Wisdom Of The Ancients; 4. On The Job; 5. Inky Fingers; 6. Paper Pushers; 7. Cabinet of Curiosities; 8. A Watery End; 9. Going Without; Conclusion; Suggested further reading; Copyright.

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This is the hidden history of an invention that we use every day but seldom dare to speak of. In medieval China it was cutting-edge technology. For 19th-century Americans it was a newfangled alternative to dried corncobs and the Sears & Roebuck catalogue. Wits in Georgian London preferred pages of bad poetry. The sages of ancient Athens were content to wield the xylospongion instead. It's the tale of toilet paper; the biography of bumfodder. From its origins at the Imperial court of Emperor Hongwu to its reinvention as a quack remedy for haemorrhoids in 1870s New York city; from the Dutch.

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