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"Washing Through the Ages: From Coal Tar Soap to Sunlight Soap, a Journey of Cleanliness" In the midst of WW1

Background imageWashing Collection: Little one-yr-old, Georgina Rumph, likes to be in the swim

Little one-yr-old, Georgina Rumph, likes to be in the swim. In fact she just loves a tub with some-water in it. However, a showers another thing

Background imageWashing Collection: Anna by the Water, 1878 (oil on canvas)

Anna by the Water, 1878 (oil on canvas)
OVR364987 Anna by the Water, 1878 (oil on canvas) by Sinding, Otto Ludvig (1842-1909); 65x45 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Anna ved vannet); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageWashing Collection: Children pony trekking, Horner, Somerset

Children pony trekking, Horner, Somerset
Children pony trekking at Horner, Exmoor, Somerset. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageWashing Collection: Wrights Coal Tar Soap - WW1

Wrights Coal Tar Soap - WW1
Advertisement for Wrights Coal Tar Soap from the Great War showing a soldier and his wife or sweetheart bidding farewell to each other

Background imageWashing Collection: Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh

Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh. circa 1930s

Background imageWashing Collection: Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan. Artist: Yoshiiku

Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan. Artist: Yoshiiku
Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan

Background imageWashing Collection: Poster advertising Sunlight Soap

Poster advertising Sunlight Soap -- for rest and leisure. Date: early 20th century

Background imageWashing Collection: A windjammer looming over a London street

A windjammer looming over a London street
Harboured in Dockland - a windjammer looming over a street in by Millwall Dock, London. In the foreground, a woman hangs out washing to dry in a back yard

Background imageWashing Collection: Brown Bear With cubs

Brown Bear With cubs
LA-363 European BROWN BEAR - with cubs by water Ursus arctos Jean Michel Labat Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Wringer, wet clothes dryer

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

Background imageWashing Collection: Bathers in front of big hotels on Playa Levante, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain beach

Bathers in front of big hotels on Playa Levante, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain beach

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Three young friends leap over a puddle outside a Govan tenement block in Glasgow

Three young friends leap over a puddle outside a Govan tenement block in Glasgow. September 1956

Background imageWashing Collection: Mute Swan - adult bird preening - Cleveland - UK

Mute Swan - adult bird preening - Cleveland - UK
ROY-650 Mute Swan - adult bird preening Cleveland - UK Cygnus olor Roy Glen Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWashing Collection: Brown Bear Ursos arctos Katmai Alaska August

Brown Bear Ursos arctos Katmai Alaska August

Background imageWashing Collection: Sea Otter - grooming. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) B2A4593

Sea Otter - grooming. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) B2A4593
TOM-1425 Sea Otter - grooming. Enhydra lutris (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWashing Collection: Horses - 2 x Norwegian Fjord Pony, grooming each other

Horses - 2 x Norwegian Fjord Pony, grooming each other
USH-471 HORSE - Norwegian Fjord pony, two grooming Equus caballus sp. Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Parham Mill, Gillingham Mill at Gillingham, Dorset Gillingham Mill, Dorset A Mill

Parham Mill, Gillingham Mill at Gillingham, Dorset Gillingham Mill, Dorset A Mill in Gillingham, in Dorsetshire, John Constable, 1776-1837, British

Background imageWashing Collection: Advertisement for Vinolia Soap

Advertisement for Vinolia Soap - Mother! Mother!! Fidos eaten my soap!!! early 20th century

Background imageWashing Collection: Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1

Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1
Lucky Beggar!...Send a bar to YOUR soldier friend. Advertisement for Wrights coal tar soap with a soldier the envy of all his comrades as he is enjoying a wash with a whole bar sent to him from home

Background imageWashing Collection: Lion - 5-6 week old cub with mother in den - Masai Mara Reserve - Kenya

Lion - 5-6 week old cub with mother in den - Masai Mara Reserve - Kenya
SE-399 Lion - 5-6 week old cub with mother in den Maasai Mara Reserve - Kenya Panthera leo Suzi Eszterhas Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWashing Collection: Jersey calves On a Waikato dairy farm, New Zealand

Jersey calves On a Waikato dairy farm, New Zealand
DH-3145 Jersey calves On a Waikato dairy farm, New Zealand Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWashing Collection: Ariel low temperature washing powder gel - Close up of plastic bottle UK

Ariel low temperature washing powder gel - Close up of plastic bottle UK
MAB-1220 Ariel low temperature washing powder gel - Close up of plastic bottle UK Mark Boulton contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageWashing Collection: Parliament in session, Mevagissey, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Parliament in session, Mevagissey, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A group of men seated at the bottom of a footpath on the north side of the harbour. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageWashing Collection: Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)

Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Oil on board, 1959. Bryan Pearce was born in St Ives in 1929 and suffered from the then unknown condition Phenylketonuria, which affects the normal development of the brain

Background imageWashing Collection: John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers

John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers
3786257 John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers; (add.info.: John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers, Groces & Co. Early 20th century advert)

Background imageWashing Collection: John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers

John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers
3786256 John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers; (add.info.: John Peck & Co: Coats and Aprons for Butchers, Groces & Co. Early 20th century advert)

Background imageWashing Collection: c. 1880s South East Asia - Philippines - girls and women

c. 1880s South East Asia - Philippines - girls and women
c.1880s South East Asia - Philippines - girls and women - washing and getting their hair done

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Advertisement for Sunlight household soap, c1890

Advertisement for Sunlight household soap, c1890. The advertisement recommends the soap it to the housewife by claiming it would make life easier

Background imageWashing Collection: Girl climbing tree, line of washing, Balham, SW London

Girl climbing tree, line of washing, Balham, SW London
A girl climbs a tree under a line of washing in the Zennor Road area of Balham, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Boys from the Gravesend Sea School, Kent, dry their washing on a flag hoist

Boys from the Gravesend Sea School, Kent, dry their washing on a flag hoist. 5 June 1937

Background imageWashing Collection: Some of the residents in a street in Pendleton, Greater Manchester. July 1932

Some of the residents in a street in Pendleton, Greater Manchester. July 1932

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: Toilet Services, Real Wedgwood Ware, Plate 50

Toilet Services, Real Wedgwood Ware, Plate 50, showing patterned washing bowls, jugs, soap dishes, and a slop pail far too nice to put slops in. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageWashing Collection: Traditional Japanese bathing in upright wooden tub

Traditional Japanese bathing in upright wooden tub, heated by a small side stove Date: 1930

Background imageWashing Collection: Two Babies by Muriel Dawson

Two Babies by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl in a red dress has been bathing her doll. Date: 1930

Background imageWashing Collection: Water Baby by Muriel Dawson

Water Baby by Muriel Dawson -- a little child in a bathtub. Date: 1939

Background imageWashing Collection: Parisian Luxury

Parisian Luxury
circa 1824: A Parisian gentleman takes a bath attended by his barber and manicurist. George Cruikshank (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWashing Collection: Mary anointing the feet of Jesus Christ

Mary anointing the feet of Jesus Christ
Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus Christ in gratitude for his raising of her brother Lazarus (and in preparation for his impending death and burial). Date: circa 1850

Background imageWashing Collection: Capriccio Landscape, by Jean Victor Bertin

Capriccio Landscape, by Jean Victor Bertin (1767-1842). Date: circa 1810

Background imageWashing Collection: British soldiers bathing in flooded shell hole by Matania

British soldiers bathing in flooded shell hole by Matania
The only advantage of the wet weather on the Western Front - a novel swimming bath used by British soldiers to bathe in. A scene captured at the front by The Sphere special artist, Fortunino Matania

Background imageWashing 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 imageWashing Collection: San Sebastian, Spain - The Beach and the Casino - Beach Huts

San Sebastian, Spain - The Beach and the Casino - Beach Huts
San Sebastian - The Beach and the Casino - Spain - mobile beach huts. Note the striped swimming costumes hung out to dry on a rudimentary washing line. Date: 1906

Background imageWashing Collection: Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Artist: Toyohara Kunichika

Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Artist: Toyohara Kunichika
Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Toyohara Kunichika was a Japanese artist who worked in both the Edo and Meiji eras



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"Washing Through the Ages: From Coal Tar Soap to Sunlight Soap, a Journey of Cleanliness" In the midst of WW1, Wrights Coal Tar Soap became an essential companion for soldiers, ensuring cleanliness even in the harshest conditions. Step into a women's bathhouse in Japan as Yoshiiku captures the quarreling and scuffling that sometimes accompanies communal washing rituals. The vibrant poster advertising Sunlight Soap invites you to experience the refreshing power of this cleansing agent that brings sunshine into your daily routine. Bathers on Playa Levante in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain enjoy a day at the beach while their laundry flutters in front of big hotels - a picturesque scene blending relaxation and domestic chores. Thoms Castile Soap from Manchester takes center stage on an advertising card, promising purity and gentleness for all your washing needs. A majestic windjammer looms over a London street as if guarding against dirt and grime - reminding us that even amidst urban chaos, cleanliness is paramount. The wringer stands tall beside a wet clothes dryer - symbols of hard work and efficiency as they aid in transforming damp garments into fresh ones ready to be worn again. Children frolic on St Ives Beach in 1886 while their mothers diligently wash clothes nearby - capturing both innocence and responsibility within one idyllic seaside setting. Edouard Manet's "Le Linge (The Laundry)" transports us back to 1875 Paris where washerwomen meticulously scrubbed garments by hand along bustling riverbanks – an ode to their tireless efforts behind clean wardrobes. Witnessing an adult Mute Swan preening its feathers or observing Brown Bears grooming themselves reminds us that animals too understand the importance of personal hygiene – nature's own version rituals.