PSAI Industry Artifact: World's First Portable Restroom Company Ad?

Is this an ad for the first portable restroom company in the world?

You’ve probably heard that after wooden portable restrooms were used during World War II in the Navy shipyards, this idea was adopted by individual companies, and the portable restroom industry was born. This ad from 1943, however, causes us to challenge that theory. According to this ad, the Pacific Sanitary Company has established locations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Of course, units would need to have been constructed in advance of September 1943 as well as revenue generated through rentals to produce this advertisement. Interesting... 

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Courtesy of the PSAI
Courtesy of the PSAI


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