|Description:||This historic diagram, which had been digitally enhanced and colorized, depicted a sanitary privy located within a generally sound sanitary environment. The house was equipped with screens on the windows in order to prevent the entry of flying insects; the privy was sited lower than the potable water source represented by the pump in the center of the drawing; no farm animals were evident throughout the farm family’s living spaces. Even the pet cat was kept outdoors, and could be seen sitting on the stone walkway, which itself minimizes the amount of dirt that could be carried into the house.|
Published in 1916, this was one of a series of instructional drawings used by the Minnesota Board of Health to train its state public health workers. The purpose of this and other like images, and the training was focused on protecting potable water supplies from bacterial contamination. The descriptive information accompanying this drawing referred to a governmental publication with instructions describing the correct placement and construction of a detached home privy. The specific citation was, “Minnesota State Board of Health, The Sanitary Privy, May, 1916, p. 9”.