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Toilet Paper wasn't Commonly Used in the United States Until the Early 20th Century

Toilet Paper wasn't Commonly Used in the United States Until the Early 20th Century

Despite toilet paper having been around since at least the 6th century AD (initially in China), it wouldn’t be until the late 19th century when toilet paper would be first introduced in America and England and it wasn’t until the 1900s, around the same time the indoor toilet became common, that toilet paper would catch on with the masses. Around 1857, Joseph Gayetty came up with the first commercially available toilet paper in the United States. Gayetty’s toilet paper sold for about 50 cents a pack ($12 today), with 500 sheets in that package. As the indoor flushable toilet started to become popular, so did toilet paper. Even once it became popular, wiping with toilet paper still doesn’t appear to have been painless until surprisingly recently.

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