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August 6, 2012

UnSelling Points


In 1935, Northern Tissue advertised its toilet paper to be "splinter-free."
Apparently, early production techniques managed to embed splinters in the paper. Three cheers for innovation! And finally, in 1942, two-ply toilet paper was introduced in St. Andrew's Paper Mill in the UK. An odd development considering wartime austerity and rationing. Speaking of rationing, the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum reports that the first toilet paper shortage in the US took place in 1973. Presumably, it was overshadowed by the oil embargo. --Toilet Paper: A Brief and Sometimes Painful History

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 6, 2012 5:20 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I believe the '73 shortage was created by a comment by Johnny Carson.

Posted by: Casca at August 7, 2012 8:57 AM

I was in Sofia shortly after Bulgaria opened up. Staying in the best hotel int he city.

The toilet paper had flecks of wood in it. Was not perforated and had a waxy texture which was not/NOT helpful.

(Sort of reminds me of Voldemort.)

Yiikes !


Posted by: Sandy Daze at August 8, 2012 5:26 AM

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