In the 1800s, and early 1900s a lot of families did not have indoor plumbing in their homes. Thusly, a place to go to the “bathroom” was literally, “out of the house”. An outhouse provided a place to go to the bathroom. Outhouses had no running water, no heat in the winter, nor air-conditioning during the hot summer. In some instances, the pages from the ol’ Sears & Roebuck catalog were used for toilet paper. This pen and ink drawing is of an outhouse that was probably positioned not far from the backdoor of a home.