A young woman at a communal sink in a backcourt at 50 Crown Street, Gorbals, c 1925. The door behind her appears to be that of the toilet.
Outside toilets were a common feature of Glasgow tenements until the late 19th century. Subsequently tenements were built with or renovated to include a shared water closet on each stair landing.
Refuse can be seen piled up in the "midgie" (midden) at the back of the courtyard.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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