This historic diagram, which had been digitally enhanced and colorized, depicted a sanitary privy located within a generally sound sanitary environment. The house was equipped with screens on the windows in order to prevent the entry of flying insects; the privy was sited lower than the potable water source represented by the pump in the center of the drawing; no farm animals were evident throughout the farm family's living spaces. Even the pet cat was kept outdoors, and could be seen sitting on the stone walkway, which itself minimizes the amount of dirt that could be carried into the house.
CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
November 20, 2012
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