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Sign: Kvutzat Yavneh - The bathroom yard

Kvutzat Yavne, Israel
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On the sign:
חֲצַר הַשֵּׁרוּתִים
פינה זו במרכזו של היישוב כונתה "חצר השרותים". במרכזה המקלחת הציבורית: בצפון לחברים ובדרום לחברות. קבקבי העץ הגסים היו משותפים לשתי המקלחות.
באזור זה שרר ריח לא נעים, בלשון המעטה. היה זה ריחה החריף של משחת ה"משעי", היא משחת הגילוח אותה מרחו והסירו החברים בכפיסי עץ דקים, או בלוחיות פח.
צפונית למקלחת הציבורית עמד "בית השימוש הציבורי". מוסד מרכזי בחצר השרותים, אשר שימש אף את באי צריף חדר האוכל הישן, שעמד לא הרחק.
בדיון בועדת בניין, מיום כ"ו בכסלו תש"ג (5.12.1942) סוכם כי: "...יש לנו גם להתחשב שמפעלי השרותים משתייכים לפי אופיים גם לחלק המשקי של המחנה וגם יש צורך בגישה נוחה מאזור המגורים".

המקלחת הציבורית פעלה ככזאת עד שנהרסה בשנת תשמ"א (1981)

[תמונה: מרדכי לוי ואריה לנג ב"חצר השרותים"]
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A sign in a series of signs on buildings from the beginning of the Yavneh Group

The place was photographed on the same day by the same photographer (The picture of the sign was taken from this picture) Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:

The bathroom yard
This corner in the center of the settlement was called the "Toilet Yard". In the center is the public shower: north for men and south for women. The coarse wooden clogs were common to both showers.
There was an unpleasant odor in this area, to say the least. It was the pungent odor of the "Mishiee" ointment, it was the shaving ointment that was applied and removed by the members in thin wooden slats, or in tin plates.
North of the public shower stood the "public toilet." A central institution in the toilet yard, which was also used by the visitors to the old dining hall hut, which stood not far away.
In a discussion in the Building Committee, dated December 5, 1942, it was agreed that:
"... we also have to take into account that the services belong by nature to the economic part of the place and there is also a need for easy access from the living area."

The public shower operated as such until it was demolished in 1981.

[Photo: Mordechai Levy and Aryeh Lang in the "Toilet Yard"]

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