"the product of my expectoration lands on one of the steps. For there is no spittoon"



   Spittoons became a popular public facility in parts of America and Europe from the mid-19th century until the early-20th, providing heavy tobacco users with an alternative to spitting on the floor as Freud admits to doing here.  They went out of fashion as the popularity of cigarettes, and orally communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, became more widely spread.