Outhouses, Privies, Biffies, Kybos and Thunderboxes

Outhouses, Privies, Biffies, Kybos and Thunderboxes

Tammy Everts
Mar 12, 2010

No matter what term for "outhouse" you use, most people will wrinkle their nose at the subject. Yet, of the many books of photography stacked in my living room, the collection of outhouse photos is by far the most popular among my guests. (And I don't think this is just because I have strange friends.) For those of you who share an appreciation for this humble, hardworking structure, please enjoy this pictorial celebration.

Notice that these aren't the twee little outhouses we're used to seeing at touristy destinations, plastered with signs of the "If you tinkle, try not to sprinkle" variety. No, these are honest buildings – albeit often with million-dollar views – just doing what they need to do in order to help you do what you need to do. And yet they're not without a certain charm, am I right?

I'm biased, of course. We have an outhouse (pictured in the last photo) at my family's cabin. It was painstakingly built by my husband, and I have to confess I think it's just beautiful.

Images, all licensed for use under Creative Commons by the following Flickr members: 1: Braydawg; 2: apple_lipsis; 3: tlindenbaum; 4: armigeress; 5: junmon603; 6: couchlearner; 7: thedailyenglishshow; 8: Maoman; 9: Tammy Everts

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