edgar, Very, very different worlds. I had no idea that there was such a thing as outdoor plumbing until I saw an outhouse when I was up in the country. When we were having supper and someone wanted a glass of water, we just got up and went to the sink.
IR, We had washing machines in the basement and indoor plumbing. If there was a gas station in the vicinity, it was news to me. I'm a city kid.
Just remembered something else that was fun that was improved out of existence. Dumb waiters. The super would start the dumb waiter (a platform that moved up and down on pulleys--the platform was for garbage) and start yelling. Then the tenants would put their garbage on the platform and yell back. Then the super would move the platform to the next floor and yell. In addition to yelling back and forth to the super, the tenants would have conversations. I loved all that yelling. Very neighborly.
Now there's a chute down the hall. No yelling. No platform. Sigh.