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Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Jan 27, 2014

A little history lesson for all you curious readers out there… Straight from the world-famous Toilet Paper Encyclopedia:

Just who was Thomas Crapper, and why do we celebrate him today? Well it all begins with the toilet…

thomas crapperSo who actually invented the flushing toilet?
The flushing toilet was invented in 1596. Most people believe it was invented by Sir Thomas Crapper, however, its actual inventor was Sir John Harington. Harinton, a British nobleman and godson of Queen Elizabeth I, invented a valve that when pulled would release water from a water closet. Sir John recommended flushing the toilet once or twice a day, although with our modern technology, we know that is probably not sufficient.

Did Thomas Crapper invent the modern toilet?
Well, no. Although from 1861 to 1904 Crapper did have a successful career in the plumbing industry, holding nine patents for plumbing-related products in England, he did not invent the toilet. Albert Giblin holds the 1819 British Patent for the Silent Valvless Water Waste Preventer, a system that allowed a toilet to flush effectively. Gilbin worked for Crapper as an employee and the most likely scenario is that Crapper bought the patent rights from Giblin and marketed the device himself.

Happy Thomas Crapper Day! Toilet Paper Party

Jan 27, 2012

As part of our Thomas Crapper Day celebration, we paid our favorite blogger Carissa Rogers in Charmin Ultra Strong to submit a post about her latest toilet paper adventure. Happy Thomas Crapper Day to all the toilet paper aficionados and plumbers who celebrate with us. See our giveaway for a chance to win a case of toilet paper as part of our celebration!

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Turning Forty And Forgetful | Surprise B-Day Toilet Paper Party!

I have a group of fantastic girlfriends in my tiny town. We get together as often as we can… pretty much any excuse will do. We play ‘old lady basketball’ once a week, and let’s just say: we’re a hoot on the court!  We meet for book club monthly, okay.. it’s more like magazine-club, but we bring food that’s heavy on the calories, and yummy on the tummy.

We’ve been known to toilet paper a grandma on National Toilet Paper day. And one time, we donned black clothing, fake moustaches and panty-hosed our heads in order to ‘abduct’ one of our friends off to her ‘baby shower’.

So it should come as no surprise that we needed a heckuva great idea when one of the ‘sister wives’ (shhh don’t tell our husbands we named ourselves) was turning 40.

A few months back this friend, I shall call her Amy-is-Amazing-but-forgets-a-lot, forgot to stock up on toilet paper. And at the same time she had taken in a family of abandoned quail baby birds (see? How amazing is that?). The gang kept stopping in to visit the birdies and play with them.. and enterprising Miss ‘forgets-a-lot’ gently suggested everyone bring her a roll when they came to visit the birdies!

And so…

We took it upon ourselves to create a ‘Forty & Forgetful’ themed surprise birthday party for her. Everyone was assigned to bring one roll of TP for the honored guest, as well as a ‘slightly’ inappropriate gift for the soon to be ‘old lady’… You know: reading glasses, stool softener, denture cream.

Everyone came thru with flying colors. The best gift by far was a print out of ‘how-to duct tape your boobs’, along with several different packs of duct tape in sparkly girly colors (1 for every occasion)!

Toilet Paper & Diet Mountain Dew Cake!

And since Diet Mountain Dew is her current drink of choice.. we made a special cake JUST for her out of Toilet Paper and DMD.  (Thanks goes to April for MAKING the cake!)

What everyone did not know is that I had a separate plan with an alternate-theme for the party. I figure every forty year old woman needs to hear from those who will NEVER forget her. I called this part the Forty & NEVER Forget theme.

I emailed, Facebook’ed and wrangled up several friends of hers from way back in her ‘college’ days. Asking them to send me a letter about how and why they could NEVER forget her. The surprise letters provided a meaningful  moment to a very silly party. We ended with her mother reading her own ‘Never Forget’ letter.

Wait, no… that wasn’t the end, because it was time to celebrate by eating Thai Food, since the whole thing was held at birthday girl’s favorite Thai restaurant!

Don’t you wish you were part of our goodncrazy girlfriend mom-group?!


In a former life, Carissa Rogers was a molecular biologist. In her current life she is the chief researcher of blogging karma, parenting dos (and some don’ts) and for spice she pretends to be a photographer…a mom of all trades. Connect with her on Twitter and check out her website

Thomas Crapper Day Toilet Paper Giveaways!

Jan 23, 2012

We’ve extended our Thomas Crapper Day celebration to all week long this year! Orders over $100 will be entered to win a case of toilet paper. 5 Chances to Win- a daily winner will be chosen from orders 1/23- 1/27. You may also enter this giveaway by commenting below, telling us what your favorite brand of toilet paper is & why!* We have toilet paper, paper towels, bathroom and janitorial supplies, as well as safety supplies and more!

As always, thanks for being our customer. We hope that you will join us in our celebration of Thomas Crapper! While he is not the inventor of the toilet, he was a great plumber and helped bring about modern sanitation methods.

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Thomas Crapper Day Sale

Jan 27, 2011

Thomas Crapper Sale

In honor of Thomas Crapper, put our top brands of toilet paper on sale!

Check out our sale on Charmin, Angel Soft, Scott Rapid Dissolve, Atlas Recycled toilet paper, Windsoft, Boardwalk and Scott Jumbo Rolls.

Stock up on your favorite brand of toilet paper and save with our special prices. Buying toilet paper in bulk online saves time, resources and money.

Don’t forget, free shipping on orders over $75!

Thomas Crapper has been credited with many plumbing patents. Read more about Thomas Crapper on our previous blog post about the inventor of the toilet.

Even Tori Spelling Loves Thomas Crapper

Jan 29, 2010

Tori Spelling has teamed with Cottonelle Toilet Paper to help promote their national survey “How do you roll?”. Tori and her husband Dean went to ABC studios on wednesday to help celebrate the birthday of Thomas Crapper. Glad to see isn’t the only company who honors this great inventor!

Tori Spelling celebrates Thomas Crapper Day

Thanks to Zimbio for the picture.

Thomas Crapper’s Brithday= Big Sale on Toilet Paper!

Jan 28, 2010

Yesterday was the birthday of Thomas Crapper, who is given credit for inventing the toilet! A plumber in the mid 1800’s, Crapper held the patent to the first “flushing toilet.” In honor of his birthday, we are having a big sale at on the top brands of toilet paper!

For more information on Thomas Crapper, view our recent blog post.

Who invented the toilet?

Sep 14, 2009

Who invented one of the most useful devices known to mankind?

Who invented one of the most useful devices known to mankind?

While Thomas Crapper is commonly given credit for inventing the first flushing toilet in the late 1800s, the first version can actually be traced back to 1596.  At this time, a British nobleman, Sir John Harrington, first engineered and invented a valve that could release water from the water closet (WC) when pulled.  Sir Harrington, who was also the godson of Queen Elizabeth I, recommended pulling the valve (“flushing” the toilet) once a day for sanitary purposes.

So if Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the toilet, why is he given credit?

Three centuries after Sir Harrington’s invention, Crapper had a successful career in the plumbing industry and did earn nine patents for plumbing products in England.  Unfortunately, none of those nine patents granted between 1861-1904 were for the flushing toilet.

While he did not invent the toilet, Crapper still has a close connection to the first patent for the toilet.  Albert Gilblin, an employee of Crapper, holds the 1819 British Patent for a “Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer”.  This device was a system which allowed a toilet to flush effectively.  Crapper later purchased the rights for this patent from his employee and marketed the device.

So even though he didn’t invent the crapper himself, we still owe a big thank you to Crapper for helping bring the product to the masses and also to the Chinese for inventing toilet paper in 50 B.C.


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