The History Of Portable Toilets & Porta Potty Rental

The History Of Portable Toilets

Rent A Throne Porta Potties Were NOT The First!

While a lot of people may think portable toilets are a modern commodity, that cannot be further from the truth. In fact, these “porta potties” have existed for millennia. With that said, we here at Afford-A-Potty would like to take you on a trip into the past to look at the history of the portable restroom.


The first portable restrooms date back to as early as 6th century Greece. These toilets called chamber pots were commonly made out of tin, lead, pottery, earthenware, delftware, stoneware, ironstone, and ceramic. The name chamber pot was derived from the fact that they are mostly used in the bedroom or the chamber. And while we think they wanted to call it the Rent A Throne portable toilet, these objects are quite old they were still in common use up to mid-20th century. Nowadays the chamber pots are still in use in places like China, Philippines, and North Korea.


When archaeologists discovered the tomb of Kha, the senior official of the Thebes workmen’s community, they discovered something unique. This unique item was possibly the oldest porta potty to date. This potty was made up of wooden stool that had a hole carved into the center of it. This hole led down to a pottery vessel that was used to collect urine and feces.


The birthplace of the modern porta potty was in the 1940’s in Longbeach, California. Rent A Throne says the story goes that a dock manager noticed his men were wasting work time traveling from the docks to the nearest restroom. So the manager decided to put up temporary toilets on the boats his men were working on. This early toilet was made out of wood and had a small holding tank.

By the 1950’s and 60’s, the need for portable restroom facilities skyrocketed. Many different companies began making their own models and selling them to construction workers and event organizers. These early toilets were made out of wood and metal, which made them hard to move around.

When the 1970’s rolled around, companies decided that making them out of fiberglass was the way to go. This was due to the fact that fiberglass was a lighter material than wood and metal.

In the 1980’s, the material the porta potties were made out of changed again. This time the material was changed to plastic because it was lighter and easier to build then fiberglass. Until this day, these toilets are made out of a type of plastic called polyurethane. 

So if you have any need for the most modern portable toilet in New York, you need to call Rent A Throne today!

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Construction Sites

A construction site is a place where portable toilets are needed the most. This is because the workers and the labor works day in and day out. The sanitation needs and requirements of construction workers can be met by portable trailers and portable toilets for rent in New York. Porta Potties in New York are extremely important for construction sites as the workers are going to be there throughout the day and need to use the portable toilets at some point of time. Make your next porta potty rental Rent A Throne.

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Special Events

Whether your event is an intimate or large gathering, corporate function or an outdoor concert. Your guests will be impressed with Rent A Throne’s Royal Treatment! The best portable toilet rental in New York City. 

Don’t let your event become less than special because of inadequate restroom accommodations. Who can deliver the best porta potty in New York City? Rent A Throne in New York City can.

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