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Description:This historic 1921 photograph showed an example of an unsanitary privy located in Marshall, Minnesota. The placement of the privy in an area easily accessible to people, increased its potential for transmitting bacterial diseases to the nearby potable water supply.
This was one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health to train the state's public health workers. The purpose of the images and the associated training was focused on protecting water supplies from bacterial contamination due to incorrect disposal of waste, such as sewage, that might foul ground water.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
Creation Date:1921
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Links:Minnesota Health Department
CDC – Nat. Center for Infectious Diseases; Water-Related Diseases
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.