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"From Dolly Tubs to Modern Machines: A Journey Through Laundry" Step into the past with an advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester

Background imageLaundry Collection: Panoramic view of the village of Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre, near La Spezia

Panoramic view of the village of Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre, near La Spezia Riomaggiore. Date of Photograph:1900 ca

Background imageLaundry Collection: DOLLY TUB

DOLLY TUB
A laundry worker using a dolly stock and tub to clean clothes, prior to the invention of the washing machine

Background imageLaundry Collection: Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex

Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex
Aerial view of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, Middlesex. The building was originally the Chase Farm Schools, opened in 1886 by the Edmonton Union to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageLaundry Collection: Advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester

Advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester
Advertising card by Louis Wain for the Gold Medal-winning Thoms Castile Soap - the Best in the World - manufactured by David Thom & Co. Ltd. of Pendleton, Manchester

Background imageLaundry Collection: WW2 Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe informing suppliers

WW2 Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe informing suppliers
WW2 Home Front Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe Colette of Swallow Street, London sending information on a printed card to inform suppliers that (likely due to Bomb damage)

Background imageLaundry Collection: Wringer, wet clothes dryer

Wringer, wet clothes dryer
Antique illustration of a wringer, wet clothes dryer

Background imageLaundry Collection: Narrow winding street in Barrio Gotico, Barcelona

Narrow winding street in Barrio Gotico, Barcelona
Narrow winding street in Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Background imageLaundry Collection: Bodiam Castle, Sussex (pencil & w / c with gum arabic on paper)

Bodiam Castle, Sussex (pencil & w / c with gum arabic on paper)
XCF44579 Bodiam Castle, Sussex (pencil & w/c with gum arabic on paper) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 38x54.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaundry Collection: Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)

Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)
658034 Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas) by Forbes, Stanhope Alexander (1857-1947); 30.5x40 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Children on the Beach, St. Ives)

Background imageLaundry Collection: Great Barr Colony, Staffordshire

Great Barr Colony, Staffordshire
Great Barr colony for mental defectives, opened circa 1918 by the Walsall and West Bromwich Joint Committee to house people with severe learning difficulties

Background imageLaundry Collection: Clothes hanging on a washing line between houses, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Clothes hanging on a washing line between houses, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageLaundry Collection: Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC

Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC
Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC. This photograph by Sub-Inspector C R C Turner shows Inspector A J Jones (Officer in Charge) and others at Walham Green

Background imageLaundry Collection: Mother Shipton Soap

Mother Shipton Soap
An advertisement for Mother Shipton Soap showing a Wise Woman sitting with her basket of sparkling white linen - almost as white as her pet cat!

Background imageLaundry Collection: Laundry hanging from window in the Ribeira Quarter, Oporto, Portugal, Europe

Laundry hanging from window in the Ribeira Quarter, Oporto, Portugal, Europe

Background imageLaundry Collection: Ragusa, Sicily

Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Europe

Background imageLaundry Collection: Public Drying Ground

Public Drying Ground
The only public laundry Drying Ground in Scotland, on Glasgow Green. Behind is the John Templeton carpet factory, designed after the Doges Palace, Venice

Background imageLaundry Collection: Falstaff in Basket

Falstaff in Basket
Falstaff is hidden in a laundry basket

Background imageLaundry Collection: Le Linge (The Laundry), 1875. Creator: Manet, Edouard (1832-1883)

Le Linge (The Laundry), 1875. Creator: Manet, Edouard (1832-1883)
Le Linge (The Laundry), 1875. Found in the Collection of The Barnes Foundation

Background imageLaundry Collection: Washing machine, artwork F006 / 7157

Washing machine, artwork F006 / 7157
Washing machine, computer artwork

Background imageLaundry Collection: Municipal laundry

Municipal laundry, Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat, Mumbai (Bombay), India, Asia

Background imageLaundry Collection: Cuba, Havana. Apartment living in Havana

Cuba, Havana. Apartment living in Havana

Background imageLaundry Collection: Women washing clothes, San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America

Women washing clothes, San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageLaundry Collection: Washing lines

Washing lines
Gloria Salgado Gispert

Background imageLaundry Collection: The Small-Pox Epidemic, the St Pancras Hospital Encampment at Finchley (engraving)

The Small-Pox Epidemic, the St Pancras Hospital Encampment at Finchley (engraving)
1054449 The Small-Pox Epidemic, the St Pancras Hospital Encampment at Finchley (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Small-Pox Epidemic)

Background imageLaundry Collection: Scotlands top lady footballers will leave their Captain on the touchline when they

Scotlands top lady footballers will leave their Captain on the touchline when they run on to the field for their most important match of the season

Background imageLaundry Collection: Volunteers in Newcastle General Hospital laundry. Wynn Griffiths Assistant Sector

Volunteers in Newcastle General Hospital laundry. Wynn Griffiths Assistant Sector kAdministrator and Len Key General Admin Assistant load freshly washed linen into a dryer in March 1979

Background imageLaundry Collection: Early Washing Machine

Early Washing Machine
circa 1860: An early labour-saving machine for clothes washing, comprising a water barrel, water boiler, agitator and mangle. (Photo by Chaloner Woods/Getty Images)

Background imageLaundry Collection: LONDON SLUM, c1890. A slum in London, south of the River Thames. Photograph, c1890

LONDON SLUM, c1890. A slum in London, south of the River Thames. Photograph, c1890

Background imageLaundry Collection: Panoramic view of Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre, near La Spezia

Panoramic view of Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre, near La Spezia Riomaggiore. Date of Photograph:1900 ca

Background imageLaundry Collection: Housing slums in the Dalmarnock district of Glasgow the deralict tenament housing with

Housing slums in the Dalmarnock district of Glasgow the deralict tenament housing with its windows broken a load of washing is hung out to dry October 1963

Background imageLaundry Collection: Swindon Medical Fund Society Laundry

Swindon Medical Fund Society Laundry
Behind the scenes at Swindons GWR Medical Fund, a range of work was undertaken including the washing of bed linen and other items in the Laundry

Background imageLaundry Collection: Tenements In New York City

Tenements In New York City
Photograph shows laundry drying on clotheslines in the backyards of New York City tenement slums, circa 1900. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Background imageLaundry Collection: Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Women working in the Swindon Works laundry, c1930

Background imageLaundry Collection: DRYING DISMAL DESMOND

DRYING DISMAL DESMOND
A little girl pegs out her freshly washed Dismal Desmond toy dalmatian dog to dry on the washing line in her back yard! Date: early 1930s

Background imageLaundry Collection: Washing Board

Washing Board
A photograph demonstrating the use of a scrubbing board in a tub during washday in the early 20th century

Background imageLaundry Collection: Ewbank Master Washer

Ewbank Master Washer
A housewife uses her Ewbank Master Clothes Washer for washing, wringing and ironing

Background imageLaundry Collection: The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet

The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet
The Poor Washerwoman - sung with typhoons of applause by Henri Clark - Music Sheet, written by Walter Hadtings and composed by W. T. Webb

Background imageLaundry Collection: Children hanging out washing on the line in class at Cookham Nursery School

Children hanging out washing on the line in class at Cookham Nursery School. October 1952

Background imageLaundry Collection: Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory - Inmates at Work in Laundry

Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory - Inmates at Work in Laundry
Staff supervise inmates ironing washing in laundry of Aylesbury Inebriate Reformatory. Date: 1908

Background imageLaundry Collection: Public laundry of St. Brigida, Genoa, Italy

Public laundry of St. Brigida, Genoa, Italy Date: circa 1890

Background imageLaundry Collection: WW2 - Laundry - It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line

WW2 - Laundry - It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line
WW2 humour - " Two British soldiers doing their laundry comment that " It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line!". Date: circa 1944

Background imageLaundry Collection: Girls Wash Dolls Clothes

Girls Wash Dolls Clothes
Two girls peg out their dolls laundry on a washing line in the garden. Date: circa 1890

Background imageLaundry Collection: Paris Slum Scene

Paris Slum Scene
A Paris slum : general aspect of the rue Delambre, with home industries, laundry and other occupations in progress

Background imageLaundry Collection: Advert, Surbiton and Kingston Laundry, Surrey

Advert, Surbiton and Kingston Laundry, Surrey
Advert, Surbiton and Kingston Laundry, Alfred Road, Spring Grove, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey Date: 1897

Background imageLaundry Collection: Washing Day, 1888. Creator: Unknown

Washing Day, 1888. Creator: Unknown
Washing Day, 1888. From, The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 38. July to December, 1888

Background imageLaundry Collection: The Laundress

The Laundress
ACC17427 The Laundress by Frere, Pierre Edouard (1819-86); Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire, UK; eHaworth Art Gallery; French, out of copyright

Background imageLaundry Collection: Close no. 193, 17-27 High Street, Glasgow, from Old Closes and Streets

Close no. 193, 17-27 High Street, Glasgow, from Old Closes and Streets
STC90439 Close no. 193, 17-27 High Street, Glasgow, from Old Closes and Streets, 1868 (b/w photo) by Annan, Thomas (1829-87); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; Scottish, out of copyright

Background imageLaundry Collection: Cleanliness - Health - The Truest Wealth - promotional postcard for the Health & Cleanliness

Cleanliness - Health - The Truest Wealth - promotional postcard for the Health & Cleanliness Council (HCC) - 5 Tavistock Square, London. Date: circa late 1920s



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"From Dolly Tubs to Modern Machines: A Journey Through Laundry" Step into the past with an advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester, a reminder of simpler times when laundry was done by hand in large wooden tubs known as Dolly Tubs. Imagine the narrow winding streets of Barrio Gotico, Barcelona, where clotheslines stretched across balconies adorned with colorful garments fluttering in the breeze. Transport yourself further back in time to Bodiam Castle in Sussex, where medieval inhabitants would have washed their linens using traditional methods. The delicate pencil and watercolor artwork on paper captures the essence of this historical practice. In a stark contrast, WW2 memorabilia showcases a damaged café informing suppliers about disrupted laundry services due to war efforts. It serves as a poignant reminder of how everyday tasks were affected during times of conflict. Fast forward to modernity at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, Middlesex, where state-of-the-art washing machines effortlessly clean and sanitize hospital linens. Efficiency meets innovation as technology takes over from manual labor. Traveling overseas to Ragusa, Sicily reveals picturesque scenes of locals hanging their laundry out to dry under the Mediterranean sun. The vibrant colors against ancient stone walls create an enchanting sight that captivates both residents and tourists alike. The invention of the wringer wet clothes dryer revolutionized household chores by simplifying drying processes. No longer did families need vast outdoor spaces or rely solely on natural elements; instead, they could conveniently dry their clothes indoors regardless of weather conditions. Artistic expressions also capture moments related to laundry - "What. . No Laundry" by David Wright humorously depicts a woman's surprise upon discovering her partner has forgotten his share of household duties. Meanwhile, "Children on the Beach" painted by St Ives artist in 1886 portrays carefree youngsters playing amidst piles of sand-covered towels and bathing suits awaiting cleaning after a day at sea.