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One hundred years ago today, Old Town Bar installed their first set of flushable urinals. Today, those urinals are the same ones males patrons use to take a piss. Tonight, the bar is having a celebration to commemorate their historical urinals. Not only are they really old, they’re the last working Hinsdale urinals on the east coast. Winfield E. Hinsdale patented his low-splashing porcelin fixture design in 1901, complete with tall sides for more privacy than modern urinals. Only Old Town Bar and an architecture school in Nebraska still own working Hinsdales. And ladies, don’t worry. Old Town Bar’s is inviting women to have a peak at their century old bathroom fixtures. So everyone can check out the etching on top that says “November 1, 1910.”

Urinal’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Old Town Bar
45 East 18th Street between Park Ave South and Broadway [Flatiron, Manhattan]
Monday, November 1

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

    […] the first day of November! It’s the 100th birthday of some urinals! It’s the first day of Nation Novel Writing […]

  2. November 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    it’s funny that you said, “yes, urinals,” because when I read the headline, i was like, “urinals???”

  3. steve
    November 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    So um, while ALL of the public was invited into the men’s room for the celebration – where did the guys go who actually had to take a leak – the alley??

    I’ve wondered the same about the Madonna Inn in California, who invites everyone from the wife, the kids and grandma into their men’s room to gaze upon the waterfall urinal – what the heck do the guys do in the meantime?

    I notice there’s never a party (for the world’s oldest tampon dispenser) that men are invited to inside the ladies’ room. Double standard much?!

  4. BD
    November 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hey! I think you may be mistaken about the Hinsdale. There are (what I think) are very very similar urinals in the men’s room of the New York County Court House. Mezz. fl. 60 Centre St. Take a look!

    The place was built in the 20’s or 30’s so it’s possible.

  5. Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher
    November 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the courthouse, BD…I don’t think they’ll let me into the men’s room there, though. If you go again, check for any etchings on the urinals for a date.

  6. Mark
    December 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    McMenamins’ pubs on the west coast has got more than a few Hinsdale pissers in action. Check out the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and more than a few of their other pubs for amazing bathroom facilities! 😉