A night soil man who used to take away human waste to be used in fertilizer. Dunston, Lincolnshire, England 1872
The bathroom was not always the clean welcoming place it is today. Before the time of sewers, flushing toilets and urinals was a simple hole dug deep into the ground.
People would do their business in them, and because there was no outlet, the holes would fill up.
Enter the “night soil men” or “gong farmers.”