A couple of weeks ago we covered a news story about a man who collected bed pans. This got me to thinking about the larger issues of plumbing which led to this weeks’ program. This week on The Collectors Show on Web Talk Radio (www.webtalkradio.net) we learn about a large collection of plumbing from The Plumbing Museum. Located ironically in Watertown, MA, the museum began as a private collection. The Manoog family began the collection and kept their work in the family.
Mr. Manoog’s father, Charles, began collecting antique commodes, claw-foot tubs, ornate sinks and other plumbing items beginning in the 1950s. A museum for these items was established by son Russell in 1979. In its former Worcester location, the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum had hosted curious visitors from all over the world.
Since 1979, The Plumbing Museum has attracted plumbers, tradesmen and curious visitors from all walks of life. The museum offers a unique, trade-specific take on American history. Moreover the museum stands as a tribute to the plumbers, engineers and inventors whose hard work and creative spirit have contributed so much to the betterment of our society.
More noteworthy items in the collection are “The Nautilus” toilet and “The Earth Closet” but more than just a quirky set of collectibles, is the importance to the health and well being of people that result from sanitation and clean drinking water.
To find them on line go to:http://www.theplumbingmuseum.org.