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Cross dressing

By Ericsamson
Taken at Crich Tramway Museum. This entirely serious documentary image provides the modern viewer with an insight to the inside of a Victorian/Edwardian(ish) men's urinal. A structure both functional and decorative it provided relief for the travelling cove who was desirous of reaching his destination without having to wear trousers with a damp course. (A double row of blue engineering bricks being the favoured solution of the civil engineer rather than the tailor.) Relieved of such cares and pressures our man about town was able to conduct his business with a light heart and a lighter bladder.

Intriguingly and revealingly (not perhaps the best choice of word in the circumstances) it appears that the male of the period was so hard pressed in painting large parts of the world pink that it was necessary to remind him to make such sartorial readjustments as were deemed necessary for decency before emerging into the harsh light of public scrutiny. (Quick pause to check spelling of 'public'). Tales of certain aesthetic and nefarious types emerging in florid and flowing outfits of satin and tule declaiming "I'm a lady ... " are considered to be apocryphal but nonetheless funny. (See 'The History of Little Britain' by David Lucas for more detail on this subject).

It should be made clear to the unwary future visitor that, having reassured Matron that it was only for display and that it would be fine for her go inside, my quivering nostrils were assailed by the faintly pungent whiff of recycled beverages; moreover upon looking down I noticed a trio of blue 'mothballs' forming a charming fairly circle in the drain holes. Splendid!

Very best wishes and thanks to all for views, votes, comments and unrivalled jollity. SmileSmileSmile

Tags: Photo journalism Documentary Educational Times past Silly Sunday shot Historical architecture

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28 Jul 2019 2:37PM
Goid advice SmileSmileSmile
28 Jul 2019 2:52PM
This sign should be reintroduced, considering the habits of modern day sea gulls, Graham.
Great write up.

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
28 Jul 2019 2:52PM
As I don't wear a dress, I'd be OK.... 😁 Looks to be very much like the gents toilets in the old part of Amsterdam - see my upload De Krul , the coloured version 😀 Great Silly Sunday Stuff, Graham 😁👍
Trev 😀
woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 2:55PM
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
28 Jul 2019 3:01PM
A good bit of advice! It reminds me of the French pissoir or vespasienne. Brings back a memory when I saw a lady and her boyfriend walking down the pavement in Paris, hand in hand, and when they came to the pissoir, they still held hands over the top of the structure when he went inside to do his business.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 3:02PM
You just never know nowadays. Great write up with this image.


cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
28 Jul 2019 4:35PM
The faint odour if mothballs would be a give away 😁😁😁
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 4:37PM
great shot
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 5:13PM
I knew I should have explored this. I knew it at the time. Damn. Tongue
bluesandtwos 11 524 1 England
28 Jul 2019 6:09PM
Oh if only I had time to do give both image and commentary the attention they deserve. A far too simple 'well done that man' will have to suffice, for which I grovel and desire forgiveness.
You and the newts are making a firm stand against sanity for which all mankind is grateful. Without such humour, such splendid silliness, and such true alternative to the common norm ( whoever Norm is, but I hear he is quite common, well, that's what Mavis at the Unicorn and Mermaid said), we would all be down the pan, blue balls and all!
Long may the Great Finknottle survive and prosper! Smile

A fully recovered from The Drones Bertie.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 6:11PM
Blue mothballs !! Now there's a blast from the past Graham.
Peter GrinGrin
28 Jul 2019 8:42PM
Perfect advice to some Graham. GrinGrin Pam
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 8:55PM
Wise advice.Smile
28 Jul 2019 10:06PM
Nicely captured set of detail images.
Jeff. Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 2:38AM
It gets the imagination going... GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Well observed. Isabel GrinGrinGrin
29 Jul 2019 7:40AM
Very well spotted and perfect for SS!TongueSmileSmileSmile

mistere Plus
8 7 4 England
29 Jul 2019 11:10AM
With all due reverence to the Bard. "To P or not to P" seems an appropriate question here.
Is it an exhibit?, and is it clear to all that it either is or is not.
"Desperate times breed desperate measures" (the Bard again, only unmolested this time).
If you have to go, you have to unstoppable urge for the chronologically challenged.
As for the adjusting of dresses, i'd leave that to the Guild of seamstresses. The ones with the needles and cotton,
not Mr Pratchett's "ladies of negotiable affection" SmileSmile
The sun is shining, the garden beckons. Off to the pit face we go..SmileSmile
Have a lovely Monday.

29 Jul 2019 10:38PM
Dear Dave (mistere) thank you for the above comment, not least for its fine display of literary references and general erudition. (I wasn't fortunate enough to serve under Major Erudition; I got lumbered with Major Cockup ... a cad and a bounder - especially when he led from the front on Space Hopper).

Dear Dave (bluesandtwos) thank you for your nicely judged critique of silliness as an art form and please don't worry about the chap in Cell 2; I've commandeered the Time Machine and you can have it for the rest of the week.

Dear everybody else - thank you so much, you have made an old man very happy. I'm 93 you know, have been for years, I really don't understand time on this planet but at least I have a tea towel and an electronic book which advises me not to panic.

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