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Washing Line Collection

In the picturesque town of Ragusa, Sicily, a vibrant scene unfolds as laundry flutters in the warm Mediterranean breeze

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Gypsy caravans and tents on Belvedere Marshes, Kent

Gypsy caravans and tents on Belvedere Marshes, Kent. 1936 Travellers Romany Gypsy Gipsy gypsies Roma. social history

Background imageWashing Line 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 Line Collection: Ragusa, Sicily

Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Europe

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Municipal laundry

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

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Broad Lane in Kirkby, Liverpool. 18th March 1965

Broad Lane in Kirkby, Liverpool. 18th March 1965

Background imageWashing Line 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 Line 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 imageWashing Line Collection: Woman hanging up washing, late 19th-early 20th century? Creator: Unknown

Woman hanging up washing, late 19th-early 20th century? Creator: Unknown
Woman hanging up washing, late 19th-early 20th century?

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Close up of colourful laundry hanging in front of blue

Close up of colourful laundry hanging in front of blue traditional house, village of Kalpa, Recong Peo, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia

Background imageWashing Line Collection: A Cottage near Brook, Witley, Surrey (w / c on paper)

A Cottage near Brook, Witley, Surrey (w / c on paper)
MLY253766 A Cottage near Brook, Witley, Surrey (w/c on paper) by Allingham, Helen (1848-1926); 33.7x43.7 cm; Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Facade of a house in the Moorish quarter of Alfama

Facade of a house in the Moorish quarter of Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Female Migrant from Arkhangelsk Province to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. Old Believer, 1904

Female Migrant from Arkhangelsk Province to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. Old Believer, 1904. Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881-1954)

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Tattooed housewives of Coventry. Mrs Dorothy Randall (left) and Mrs Christina O

Tattooed housewives of Coventry. Mrs Dorothy Randall (left) and Mrs Christina O Brien show off their body art. 12th March 1964

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Washing day for Orient Girls football team. 27th September 1970

Washing day for Orient Girls football team. 27th September 1970

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Housing slums in the Dalmarnock district of Glasgow The deralict tenament housing

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 Line Collection: Rev Roy Allison - finalist in national contest Husband of the Year, September 1967

Rev Roy Allison - finalist in national contest Husband of the Year, September 1967

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Hampden Park, Glasgow Queens Park strips hanging out after being washed

Hampden Park, Glasgow Queens Park strips hanging out after being washed washing hanging out to dry at hampden stadium 1971

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The Maid was in the Garden, Hanging out the Clothes, 1880. Creator: Randolph Caldecott

The Maid was in the Garden, Hanging out the Clothes, 1880. Creator: Randolph Caldecott
The Maid was in the Garden, Hanging out the Clothes, 1880. From " Sing a Song of Sixpence", illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. [George Routledge & Sons, London, 1880]

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The dwellings of the poor in London, 1875

The dwellings of the poor in London, 1875. A Workmans Home, Rose & Crown Court, Islington; Sunday Morning. Workmans Home, Leather Lane; Church Lane, Bloomsbury; Fogartys Barracks

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Montenegro, Kotor, Washing line

Montenegro, Kotor, Washing line

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Washing line, Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Washing line, Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Shoes on washing line, Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Shoes on washing line, Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Local woman in City of Karauli, Rajasthan, India

Local woman in City of Karauli, Rajasthan, India

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Alaskan gold rush, from One Man's Gold Rush: A Klondike Album by Murray Cromwell Morgan (b/w photo)

Alaskan gold rush, from One Man's Gold Rush: A Klondike Album by Murray Cromwell Morgan (b/w photo)
JHL358825 Alaskan gold rush, from One Man's Gold Rush: A Klondike Album by Murray Cromwell Morgan (b/w photo) by Hegg, Eric A

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Sunny Day, 1899 (oil on canvas)

Sunny Day, 1899 (oil on canvas)
LAF470905 Sunny Day, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Claus, Emile (1849-1924); 92.7x73.5 cm; Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageWashing Line Collection: House, Houston, Texas, 1943. Creator: John Vachon

House, Houston, Texas, 1943. Creator: John Vachon
House, Houston, Texas. [Fruit stall. Signs advertising Pepsi-Cola and Valley Fruit Golden Age Beverages]

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Houses and factories, between 1941 and 1942. Creator: Unknown

Houses and factories, between 1941 and 1942. Creator: Unknown
Houses and factories

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Gas pump with clothesline, barn and horse-drawn wagon in background, between 1941 and 1942

Gas pump with clothesline, barn and horse-drawn wagon in background, between 1941 and 1942. Creator: Unknown
Gas pump with clothesline, barn and horse-drawn wagon in background

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Community clothesline, FSA... camp, Robstown, Tex. 1942. Creator: Arthur Rothstein

Community clothesline, FSA... camp, Robstown, Tex. 1942. Creator: Arthur Rothstein
Community clothesline, FSA [Farm Security Administration] camp, Robstown, Texas

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt that she made, Pie Town, New Mexico. 1940. Creator: Russell Lee

Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt that she made, Pie Town, New Mexico. 1940. Creator: Russell Lee
Mrs. Bill Stagg with state quilt that she made, Pie Town, New Mexico. A community settled by about 200 migrant Texas and Oklahoma farmers who filed homestead claims... Mrs

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Southern U.S... Louisiana?, ca. 1940. Creator: Marion Post Wolcott

Southern U.S... Louisiana?, ca. 1940. Creator: Marion Post Wolcott
Southern U.S.... Louisiana? [Sign: Roosevelt ]

Background imageWashing Line Collection: House in Washington, D. C. ?, between 1941 and 1942. Creator: Louise Rosskam

House in Washington, D. C. ?, between 1941 and 1942. Creator: Louise Rosskam
House in Washington, D.C.?

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Backdrop for Puppet Show, c. 1937. Creator: Vera Van Voris

Backdrop for Puppet Show, c. 1937. Creator: Vera Van Voris
Backdrop for Puppet Show, c. 1937

Background imageWashing Line Collection: 193-0082125 Yes, he broke the pot, plate 25 of Los caprichos, pub. 1799 (etching)

193-0082125 Yes, he broke the pot, plate 25 of Los caprichos, pub. 1799 (etching)
IND81644 193-0082125 Yes, he broke the pot, plate 25 of Los caprichos, pub. 1799 (etching) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); 20.9x15.2 cm; Private Collection; Index Fototeca

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The Schroeder familys new house, Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange

The Schroeder familys new house, Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
The Schroeder familys new house. Cleared and irrigated fields of their land beyond. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Detail on Kytta farm, Michigan Hill, Thurston County, Western Washington, 1939

Detail on Kytta farm, Michigan Hill, Thurston County, Western Washington, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Detail on Kytta farm. Western Washington, Thurston County, Michigan Hill

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The fartherest house up Cow Hollow... Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange

The fartherest house up Cow Hollow... Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
The fartherest house up Cow Hollow. Malheur County, Oregon. Family came from Oklahoma

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Mrs. Soper tells how it was when they first came, Willow Creak, Oregon, 1939

Mrs. Soper tells how it was when they first came, Willow Creak, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Mrs. Soper tells how it was when they first came. Willow Creek area, Malheur County, Oregon

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The Dazey place, Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange

The Dazey place, Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
The Dazey place. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon. [Outside toilet and storm cellar]

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The Dazey farm and home, Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange

The Dazey farm and home, Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
The Dazey farm and home. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon

Background imageWashing Line Collection: The Schroeder family, Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange

The Schroeder family, Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
The Schroeder family. The new house seen across strawberry patch. Note young fruit trees. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Apartment houses from the rear, 61st Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues, New York, 1938

Apartment houses from the rear, 61st Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues, New York, 1938. Creator: Walker Evans
New York, New York. 61st Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues. Apartment houses from the rear

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Alabama miners houses near Birmingham, Alabama, 1935. Creator: Walker Evans

Alabama miners houses near Birmingham, Alabama, 1935. Creator: Walker Evans
Alabama miners houses near Birmingham, Alabama

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Le bon republicain. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1900 (colour litho)

Le bon republicain. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1900 (colour litho)
3100218 Le bon republicain. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1900 (colour litho) by Rabier, Benjamin (1869-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le bon republicain)

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Set design for the film The Third Rome, 2000 (tempera on plywood)

Set design for the film The Third Rome, 2000 (tempera on plywood)
BAL322452 Set design for the film The Third Rome, 2000 (tempera on plywood) by Yushin, Viktor Ivanovich (b.1949); State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO, Moscow

Background imageWashing Line Collection: A Light Breeze, Biot, Provence, (oil on canvas)

A Light Breeze, Biot, Provence, (oil on canvas)
1199628 A Light Breeze, Biot, Provence, (oil on canvas) by Glehn, Wilfred Gabriel de (1870-1951); 54.6x69.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageWashing Line Collection: Haystacks

Haystacks
BAL47830 Haystacks by Bela, Evany Grunwald (1867-1940); Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary



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In the picturesque town of Ragusa, Sicily, a vibrant scene unfolds as laundry flutters in the warm Mediterranean breeze. The washing line becomes a canvas for stories to be told, each garment revealing a glimpse into the lives of its inhabitants. Transporting us back to 1886, "Children on the Beach" by St. Ives captures a timeless moment where laundry dances alongside playful laughter and sandy toes, and is an oil painting that immortalizes the simplicity and joy found in everyday moments. On Belvedere Marshes in Kent, gypsy caravans and tents create a colorful tapestry against the backdrop of nature's beauty. Here, laundry sways gracefully like flags of freedom, symbolizing their nomadic spirit and connection with Mother Earth. In bustling cities like Liverpool, communal spaces such as municipal laundries serve as meeting points for neighbors exchanging stories while tending to their daily chores. Broad Lane in Kirkby witnessed this camaraderie on March 18th, 1965 when laundry lines weaved together tales of resilience and unity. A cottage near Brook in Witley paints a serene picture with watercolors on paper; here too hangs delicate laundry that seems to blend seamlessly with nature's palette. This harmonious fusion showcases how even mundane tasks can become works of art when viewed through appreciative eyes. Traveling further south to Alfama's Moorish quarter reveals an enchanting facade adorned with intricate tiles and cascading bougainvillea. Amidst this architectural wonderland lies yet another story waiting to unfold - laundry suspended over canals creates an ethereal spectacle against azure skies. Burano Island near Venice takes our breath away as vibrant houses stand tall amidst tranquil waters. Laundry adorns these facades like confetti celebrating life itself - each piece adding its own splash of color to this Venetian dreamscape. Across continents in India lie Dhobi or laundry ghats where riverside washing becomes a spectacle of its own.