Saturday, April 3, 2010

I just returned from a family vacation to California.  We had a great time visiting San Francisco and LA.  While getting caught up on the blogs, Humble Quilts' blog caught my eye.  I have plans to go to the privy bag exhibit she talked about and can't wait to go.  I have four privy bags in my collection and thought I would share them with you.  I don't see them very often, and they are usually too expensive for my budget.  Here are the ones I have managed to collect.

no hanging tabs on this one so I am not 100% sure it is a privy bag

this one has tabs and a tie in the center of the open side


  1. Glad to hear you had a great trip! Thanks for the link about the privy bags. I had never heard of them but they are very pretty! My great-grandmother did not have indoor plumbing (she passed away in 1969) and I always hated to go to the outhouse while we were there. I always loved playing with the hand pump in the kitchen and outside the back door. NOW, I would love to have one in my backyard! Actually, I want a garden shed built to look like an outhouse, cresent moon cut out and all. (I do like my indoor plumbing.) If I ever get one, I will make a privy bag to hang in it! ! !

  2. I've never heard of privy bags either, but I do remember when we had an outdoor (dare I say) "toilet"? We got modern very soon!
    I'd love to see that show too; the little bags really are pretty.
    Just have to share a little story with you. Several years ago I used to do oil painting with a friend out by her swimming pool. Her husband had a plumbing business in the metroplex. For some reason, she got hung up on painting little pictures of outhouses. He stood it long as he could, and one day when he came home, he brashly said to her, "Woman, modern plumbing pays your bills! I suggest you learn to paint flowers instead of outhouses!" I thought I'd fall in the pool laughing! No more outhouses did she paint!
    Thanks, Ann, for sharing that "new" item from history with us! ---"Love"

  3. Beats those knitted polester dollies. The privy is known colloquially in Australia, as the *dunny*. I'm pretty sure no dunny ever had anything as attractive as these. Isn't it fabulous that they have survived. Ann :-)

  4. beautiful! glad you had a great vacation.
    have you reproduced all of these yet?

  5. Thanks for sharing the bags. My Great-Aunt had an outhouse (no indoor plumbing) but nothing as cute as your bags insite.
    I just got my issue with your adorable quilt in it. I really have to try that one.

  6. Wow! So cool that you have a few in your collection. I bet they are hard to find.
    I wouldn't have known what they were before but I will now. I suppose I'll never come across one, but you never know.:)

  7. Wow, these are really something! How great to have in your collection. Never saw one in person. I wonder if they would be put in with a bunch of blocks at an auction - not knowing what they are - I wouldn't think they would be widely recognized for what they are.

  8. Oh great collection!! :) Christine