“Toileting” in the early 1900s U.S. rowhomes

Hello Everyone! What do we know about relieving oneself at home in the early 1900s in Philadelphia? [Here’s a floor plan of a Philadelphia rowhome from 1900](https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/65458). There’s a “W.C.” (assuming water closet?) behind the kitchen that you would access from the outside. I’ve read about cesspits/pools and eventually flowing water being used to manage that, though not sustainably, but what was the day-to-day experience for the people who lived there and had to use and clean these facilities? When did flushing toilets get installed inside the homes for the “working class” people who lived in these homes? Upstairs the floor plan depicts a bathtub, something round that we can guess is a basin/sink. What could have been the use for the space to the left of the sink? It is drawn similar to how the W.C. is drawn. Maybe you could just pee upstairs? If not Philadelphia, maybe we have more information from another large city like Baltimore, DC, NYC, Boston, Chicago? I’ve been pondering this topic since I saw this floor plan at the “Philadelphia: The Changing City” exhibit a few years ago and am hoping folks here might enjoy discussing it too.

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