Toilet Paper Roll Patent- Historic Bathroom Patents Series


In the past 50 years or so, we've become so accustomed to our technology that we hardly even notice it any more. It's hard to believe that some things we take completely for granted are actually relatively recent inventions.

A surprising number of these inventions can be found in your average bathroom. Here's an example of something you've probably thought always existed, the toilet paper roll. Prior to 1891, tidying-up required ripping a piece of paper from whatever might be handy (the Sears catalog was a perennial favorite). A Mr. Seth Wheeler of New York patented a perforated roll of paper that you've used every day since toilet training. Hopefully.

This plaque bears the original US Patent Office drawings of the 'Toilet Paper Roll', along with the technical description of exactly how it works. This would look fantastic in a Craftsman or Rustic-themed room, and would really appeal to engineers, technicians, scientists, inventors or anyone with a sense of history.


Techniciam Notitae (the technical stuff)   

  • Solid MDF construction
  • High gloss finish
  • Pre-drilled hanging slots
  • Design is printed using permanent, earth-friendly inks


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