Pay to do your thing

Submitted by Michael Ely June 8th, 2010
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This is from my gas station bathroom collection. Yes, I actually collect things associated with gas station bathrooms! Pay toilets were popular throughout the states until the mid-1970’s when a group of “pissed off” citizens started a successful campaign to outlaw them in cities across the country. BTW, the first known pay toilets were erected in ancient Rome in 74 AD.

2 Responses to “Pay to do your thing”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love that you have a gas station bathroom collection. I know that the 1950s through 1970s had some pretty fantastic looking gas station bathrooms with collectible decor. I would install this and a coin slot on my guest bathroom door if I owned this.

    • Michael Ely

      Yes, we have a guest bathroom which we refer to as “the gas station bathroom.” That is, it is a bathroom filled with gas station and car related memorabilia such as vintage hubcaps, license plates, oil cans, maps and travel brochures, road signs, Route 66 souvenirs, hood ornaments, gas station keys, hotel ashtrays, a construction cone, a drive-in speaker and, best of all, a pimped out toilet (the seat is painted in hotrod flames). Oh, and instead of a guest towel, we have a paper towel rack. Some friends love it, while others think it is creepy.