I watched an episode of THIS OLD HOUSE yesterday. I just love looking at how they used to build and improve properties from decades ago. This would have been a very big deal back in the mid 1800s. People blamed indoor plumbing for Typhoid and Tuberculosis.
A wood toilet seat cover. A lead intake water pipe. A local (pipe) vented into the FIREPLACE chimney. When the chimney was on it would have been pulling to try to keep fumes in. OMG what happened in the summer months?
Copper or Tin Bathtubs! To get water pressure (no electricity yet) someone would HAND PUMP the water from the well, etc. Watch! So fascinating.
It was all state of the art. Imagine that? What will they say 100 years from now?