Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 25th is National Plumbers Day!

What better way to celebrate this day then to pay homage to the well known Mr.Thomas Crapper.
We would like to post this delightful prose that was sent to the museum not too long ago.
Thank you Commander Donald Hubbard U.S. Navy (Ret.)


(Thomas Crapper was a nineteenth Century English plumber
whose flushing toilet brought great change to households
In days when folks were rarely known
To have flush toilets on the 'Throne",
A London plumber rose to fame.
Thomas Crapper was his name.

His patent shows a valveless pot
Of clean and shiny terra-cot.
Just pull the chain, the water flows.
And down the drain the sewage goes.

Well, smart as he was it's no surprise
That Crapper knew how to advertise.
"An easy pull brings a certain flush.
No wait, no mess, no toilet brush."

Its phrases like that from a plumber, you see.
That are certain to appeal to royalty.
"Install the system!" his sovereign said.
"Replace the pots beneath the bed."

Dukes and Duchesses, Counts and clowns.
Ladies in their fancy gowns,
Gentlemen portly and gentlemen dapper
Went to the Queen's to see "The Crapper".

Quickly the word spread, far and wide,
About the Queen's new joy and pride.
And ancient castles replaced the trench
With the famous pot that reduced the stench.
First the nobles, then the gentry
Accepted Tom's pot as elementary
Until throughout the British Isles
Tom's system flushed the pooper piles

With this to his credit, it’s sad to relate
Time slandered Tom by a quirk of fate.
A man of his genius deserves riches and fame.
And all that he got was a dirty name.

Don Hubbard ©

I wrote this little ditty back in 1995 as one of the rhymes in my small booklet
called: Days of Yore. This rhyme is still significant, and you can find it and
others from the booklet on my web site:

I hereby give my permission for the Watertown, Massachusetts Plumbing Museum to use this in their newsletter . Don Hubbard, Coronado, CA 92118.

12 December 2013