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Default What did you old timers use before toilet paper?

I have always had toilet paper. But I am sure you old timers did not always have toilet paper. What did you use?

I am prepping....
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We used dinosaur skin.
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Sticks, pine cones, big green leaves (in season), rocks, grass, small furry animals (reusable!) and the phone book (remember those?).

Oh, and snow balls, my personal favorite!

All of my favorite creatures have white bottoms.

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We used Sears catalogs they were real thick about an inch and half so there was plenty for a year or more but we had out houses in those days. Then as we were on the farm there was always the corn cobs. as a last resort we had oak leaves. But really there is plenty of supplies you just have to be there when the doors open. Most are lettings seniors in first for an hour or so, I had Tissue paper but told my adult son when he went to the store to get me some if there was any he call this morning and said he got me a pack of 8 rolls. I am not worried for water as we are getting way more rain than we need and I have a pond that has more water than I could ever use as well as plenty of fish in it. Dried food is the way to go Rice Beans peas, coffee, flour, corn meal salt and pepper some cooking oil canned and powdered milk. I used pet milk in my coffee well into the sixties, and you are good to go. Those things will keep you alive may not be what you like or wont but surviving at this time is what we need to do. I would be more concerned at my age of dying from the virous than starving to death any way.

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We lucked out and the manager of our local dollar general had stashed a few TP cases away for her good customers.
She gave us two of them at no charge, even though we really didn't need any. But she also sells those cheap videos.
And she also gave us that movie " Risen: at no charge.
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My brother and I used to drag the other by the legs across the lawn after a visit to the outhouse.

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My brother and I used to drag the other by the legs across the lawn after a visit to the outhouse.
There ya go....nothin like a little teamwork. I hope the dragger was facing forward and looking for sticks for the sake of the dragee!
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I remember the hugh Sears and Monkey Wards catalogs in my early days.
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I remember the hugh Sears and Monkey Wards catalogs in my early days.
They would make fine toilet paper.

Was there a gun catalog that was printed on very soft paper?
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Modern commercially produced TP was invented in 1857 so I'm sure no one here remembers pre TP times. However field expediency in hunting situations sometimes dictate fairly radical measures. If you've never wiped with an open pine cone you've not lived... Keep in mind that like some of the modern snow tires pine cones are strictly directional. I'll leave it to you to figure out which way to go with it...
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