Wednesday, 20 July 2011
The crazy price of Izal
A few weeks ago, we saw an old roll of Izal toilet paper for sale in an antiques shop, quite a high-class antique shop in fact. They wanted £8 for it - £8!
For those who are too young to have known it, Izal was a smooth, non-absorbent toilet paper we are well rid of. I remember it from the fifties, although I think you could still buy it until quite recently. In the fifties, we had it in the bathroom where guests might use it. In the outside toilet we had a loop of string threaded through squares of newspaper.
I'm not sure which newspaper was relegated to the outside toilet in such a practical, yet undignified way. It was probably a mixture of the local paper and maybe the Guardian, or Manchester Guardian as I think it was in those days. It wasn't any better than Izal, but I suppose it was a cheap method of recycling waste paper.