Advert For J. Woodhurst, Confectioner
Printer: Milne, G.
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for J. Woodhurst, confectioner. In towns it was customary for bakers and confectioners to work in basement kitchens below their stores. These were unhygienic places, there was very little fresh air, the floors were uneven and often unwashed and drainage and sewerage often ran through the workshops. There were many attempts to improve conditions for the workers as well as improve the quality of the produce. In the mid 1800s mechanisation was introduced which also increased production. Automatic kneading machines and machines for cutting and stamping biscuits were invented and these saved time and labour.