Pocket Package Prepared Paper for the Million. New York: Diamond Mills Paper Company, 1872.
One would be hard-pressed to name anything more ephemeral than toilet paper. Yet even this survives in a few examples, including this travel-friendly, pocket-sized specimen that holds single squares of tissue paper, each easily torn from a metal fastener as needed. First commercially marketed in the United States in 1857, the development of toilet paper mirrored the development of printing paper, and was often made of newly employed fibers, particularly manila. When wood pulp became the standard in books, it became the standard also in the outhouse. Some later toilet papers were advertised as “splinter-free.” The paper shown here is angel-soft.