During the 1930s and the
Dust Bowl
“They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once a day it
was taken and sold to the tannery.
If you had to do this to survive, you were ‘piss poor.’
But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They ‘didn’t
have a pot to piss in’ and were considered the lowest of the low.”
“Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still
smelled pretty good by June.
However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body
odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.”
“Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and
men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,
‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!’”