What about the Australian bars that were also urinals? No need to stop drinking.
This photo has a rail AND is a urinal: https://orhistory.com/archives/2524 . The article says it was in Oregon; I don't know if it was simultaneous invention or traveled from one continent to the other.
Not sure if this was ever the case. The Christian temperance movement succeeded in restricting liquor trading hours in Australia in the early 20th century. Workers would finish work and hurry to the pub for an hour of binge drinking known as the 6'oclock swill that lasted in some states until the 1960s. Working men's bars changed designs in response. Very long bars were needed to serve lots of beer in a hurry. And with people carrying lots of beers back to tables, sometimes doubling up before last drinks I expect a fair amount ended on the floor. So I think they got rid of all the fancy decor and went with tiles and troughs they could wash down which did give these old bars a public toilet look. I doubt if many have survived.
I remember a couple of bush coal and watering stations where the entire train platform was a bar. My mum said that in the 50s women weren't allowed off the train (impossible to do without entering a bar) so they needed men to hand them cool drinks through the windows.
while visiting costa rica, some friends and i went to a dimly lit entertainment hall that had a dance floor upstairs and a pool hall downstairs (with bars in both). we wanted to play pool, but without saying why, somebody told us women usually don't go downstairs. we assumed it might have been a cultural quirk, so we went anyway. guys kept walking over to the bar and seemingly standing around before coming back. turns out there was a urinal trough next to, but not part of, the bar (which we eventually smelled as well). so there's that.
I'm curious what HN, particularly the standing desk and ergonomics nerds, thinks about this statement?
Turns out, humans aren’t really designed to stand for long periods with feet flat on the floor. This contributes to stress on the spine, and you can feel it in your lower back. A foot rail allows us to redistribute the load on our feet—first one foot, then the other—and alter the tilt of our spines.
Standing desk sometime-user [adjustable height desk] here -- I always use a footrest in the manner described in the quote and generally move around a lot -- I agree that standing in a static position for long periods is tiring / fatiguing for me
[side note : when not standing, I sit on a yoga ball and likewise move / shift often]
This quote really got me: "A foot rail is not only better for your back, but helps you cut a better figure. Standing flat-footed renders everyone a bit oafish; raising one foot results in a more rakish profile."