Here's what I want to know: What's the big deal? It seems that in 1920s, it was barbarous behavior for a lady to be knowledgeable of the linkage between hygiene and housekeeping insofar as the bathroom was concerned. This ad so tiptoes around the subject that the words 'toilet', 'commode', or even 'water closet' are never featured; instead, we blushingly read about 'the most important and least discussed fixture'. Thank goodness Standard engaged none other than Miss Anne Richards [who?] to pen a polite, tell-all booklet on the topic. I'm sure it was mailed out in a plain brown wrapper.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.