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Newcastle women washing their clothes at Snow Street Wash House, Newcastle

Newcastle women washing their clothes at Snow Street Wash House, Newcastle


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Newcastle women washing their clothes at Snow Street Wash House, Newcastle

Newcastle women washing their clothes at Snow Street Wash House, Newcastle. 16th November 1970

Media ID 21876637

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Chores Clothes Hanging Housewife Housewives Laundry Public Wash Washing 1970


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This print takes us back to the bustling streets of Newcastle on a crisp November day in 1970. In this snapshot frozen in time, we witness a group of hardworking women diligently tending to their daily chores at Snow Street Wash House. With determined expressions etched upon their faces, these Newcastle women immerse themselves in the age-old ritual of washing clothes. The wash house stands as a public sanctuary for them, providing respite from the demands of home life. Here, they find solace and camaraderie among fellow housewives who share similar responsibilities. As laundry lines crisscross above them like intricate spider webs, freshly washed garments flutter gently in the breeze. The scene is one of both practicality and beauty; an amalgamation of domestic duty and communal spirit. In this era before modern conveniences took over our households, these resilient women demonstrate their resourcefulness by skillfully maneuvering through piles of laundry with grace and efficiency. Their hands work tirelessly as they scrub away dirt and stains, transforming soiled fabrics into pristine cleanliness. J Hunter's lens captures not just an ordinary moment but also encapsulates the strength and resilience that define these unsung heroes - the backbone of every household. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder that even mundane tasks can hold profound meaning when viewed through the lens of history.

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