Why is there a crescent Moon cutout in outhouse doors?

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Question: Why is there a crescent Moon cutout in outhouse doors?

Answer: We don’t know whether the crescent Moon was the standard cutout in every outhouse door in the country, but it’s certainly the embellishment of choice for artists and illustrators. Such an opening may have been chosen because (1) it provided some ventilation and illumination and (2) it afforded a modicum of privacy for the occupant.