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A Head of Its Time

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Expose Yourself to History!

Open in all Mariners’ Museum restrooms!

You have to GO to see

It’s a look at “the history of going at sea,” in a time before flushing toilets – and even toilet paper. The exhibition is comprised of text panels shown exclusively – and appropriately – in the public restrooms of The Mariners’ Museum.

The exhibition features a series of four panels exploring some aspect of making do at sea. The panels draw heavily on the art of Walt Taylor, political cartoonist for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Topics include why the facilities – or lack thereof – were called “the head”; the wisdom of keeping tabs on wind direction and how sailors improvised before toilet paper.


Read the press release here! 

Watch the video below to learn how this exhibition was created: