where was the bathroom?


i didnt see one in house or courthouse

where did the prisoners go

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I've often wondered that myself! It was the same thing in all the westerns like Gunsmoke and Bonanza. I figured that the deputy would escort the prisoner to the outhouse.
On TAGS I suppose Barney had the duty of taking the prisoners to the bathroom.

On modern day crime dramas, you always see the toilet in the corner of the cell . But back in the sixties they didn't show toilets on TV. Perhaps we are just supposed to imagine that there was one in the TAGS courthouse

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A lot of people don’t want to believe me when I tell them this (In fact, one girl over at IMDB actually got mad at me when I mentioned that the Waltons had a home that practically no poor family living in that time and place would have had) but there were still many rural areas that did not have indoor plumbing as late as the 1950’s, and even later. Worse yet? Many of these same areas also had no electricity. By the 1930’s, only 10% of rural homes were powered by the grid, and one imagines that these were the rural areas that were in close proximity to the cities. The Rural Electrification Act was passed in 1936, which subsidized power out to these rural areas, but it still took many decades to provide most rural areas with power. Even today, particularly in the west, there are still many rural areas without grid power.

That scene in Ode to Billy Joe, where the girl that liked Billy Joe, was thrilled that they were finally getting an indoor toilet, was rooted in reality. So was the home in Where The Red Fern Grows. The Waltons was not. Only 1 in 4 families owned an automobile by the 1930’s. In the Waltons, Jim Bob, Jason, John Boy, and John Walton, all had their own cars. They also had a radio, power, and indoor plumbing. That had to have been the richest poor family that I ever saw :D

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Oh I believe you. I had a penpal whose mom was raised in a rural area in Illinois in the fifties. They had an outhouse. My sister's husband lived in a village not too far from out town. He and his family had an outhouse in the sixties. So it's not hard to believe.

The Waltons! They started out real poor but they moved up in the world pretty fast. lol

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I've talked to some older people with similar stories. I'm constantly asking my mother if she really lived under these conditions because it sounds like they were living in a shack in the woods with nothing.

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I think what set her off PJ (The girl at IMDB) was that I made a statement to the effect that the Walton’s (Had it been more based in reality) would not have been living all that much different from the Ingalls family of 50 years prior. They in all likelihood, would not have had grid power, indoor plumbing, or vehicles. Any farm equipment, most likely would have been horse drawn. Heck, we didn’t even have friggin penicillin until 1939! Kind of hard to believe when you think about it.

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I suppose even seventies television didn't want to show the Waltons schlepping out to the outhouse!

The town I grew up in is hardly the big city. But it's not rural either. My grandmother grew up in the twenties and thirties. She said that they had an outhouse. In the winter if you didn't want to go outside at night, you used a bucket.

When I have to "go" in the dead of winter in the middle of the night, I thank the gods of indoor plumbing!

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This should be listed under goofs on IMDb

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They would go next door to Floyd's barbershop. There was one in the backroom (i guess)

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