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Griffin Toilet Hire are holding a Christmas Loo Roll Competition for our followers. The aim is for our customers and followers to design and make something from a toilet roll card in a Christmas theme.

We will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the winners. The competition is open until the 20.12.18 and entries must be a photo with the date written on the item or a piece of paper next to the item. No cheating with downloads from websites!






Today it’s difficult to imagine life without toilet paper. The evolution of toilet paper is an interesting story and the toilet paper has an amazing past.

Nobody is too sure when toilet paper was first used. Before the invention of toilet paper, people from different parts of the world had many different ideas for personal hygiene. Some people used stones or sponges (especially rich Romans), but a variety of other things were used also.

The first “official” toilet paper was introduced in China in 1391, but the first mention of toilet paper (paper for personal hygiene) dates back to the year 589 AD in Korea. Between 875 and 1317 AD, paper was produced in large sheets (2-foot x 3-foot sheets and even perfumed) for Chinese emperor’s family hygiene.

In the Colonial America, the common means was corncobs.

Paper was a rare commodity until the 17th or 18th centuries. The first reference to paper as toilet paper was recorded in 1718. After invention of paper pages from newspapers and magazines were also commonly used.

Joseph C. Gayetty is credited as the inventor of modern commercially available toilet paper. “Gayetty’s Medicated Paper” from 1857 was sold in packages of flat sheets, medicated with aloe and watermarked with his name. Gayety’s toilet paper was available as late as the 1920’s.

In 1871, Seth Wheeler  of Albany became the official “inventor” of toilet paper. Seth Wheeler patents rolled and perforated wrapping paper. His Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company began selling the first toilet paper on a roll.

Rolled and perforated toilet paper was invented around 1880. In 1879, Thomas Seymour, Edward Irvin and Clarence Wood Scott founded the Scott Paper Company in Philadelphia. Scott brothers came up with the idea of customising rolls for every merchant-customer they had. They began selling packages of small rolls and stacked sheets. Scott Paper Company began producing toilet paper under its own brand name in 1896. By 1925 Scott Company became the leading toilet paper company in the world.

In 1942 St. Andrew’s Paper Mill – Walthamstow, London, produced the first soft, two ply toilet tissue.

In 1954 Northern, produced the first coloured toilet tissue. In 1964,Charmin was produced perfumed one-ply toilet tissue.





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